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The Hidden History of the Supreme Court (5–week series)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, June 9, 2021


Members & guests–free (before the first meeting, please order a copy of the book and have available a copy of the U.S. Constitution). To RSVP, please scroll down. The day before each meeting, a confirmation email will be sent to all registered attendees that will include details to join via Zoom.

The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America by Thom Hartmann explores the Court’s social and political impact over the past 200+ years, with an emphasis on recent decades. During that time, a wealthy elite coordinated with (and financed) conservative political and religious groups to hijack the federal courts, in particular the Supreme Court, and used it to further their agenda.

For this series, join Village member Mel Washburn in a read-along and discussion of Hartmann’s book in four sections, followed by a wrap-up discussion in the fifth and final meeting. In tandem, the group will be reading the U.S. Constitution and other primary sources, such as a memo that (now Chief Justice) John Roberts wrote when he was a young lawyer in the Nixon Justice Department, wherein he advises how Congress and the President could deprive the Supreme Court of jurisdiction over racial integration and other politically-controversial issues. Now that conservatives have the Court in their pocket, Roberts’ ideas may be of use to liberals. Supplemental readings will be sent to attendees in advance, along with a syllabus for the rest of the course.



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Wednesday, June 9, 2021
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


Chicago, IL United States
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