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Saul Touster
CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center (New York, NY 10016-4309)

The Moral Passage of Justice Holmes: Judgment and Character in the Gilded Age

Study will be a close examination of the "texts" of Holmes's life— his judicial opinions, his speeches and his letters—using the tools of new criticism and psychological theory. The moral passage of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., from young Abolitionist, volunteering and wading through a "sea of blood," to judge on the Massachusetts Supreme Court, skeptical and aloof, offers striking parallels to what happened to the spirit of the country at large after the Civil War. Focus will be on how this transformation of character, in Holmes and in the country, from 1860 to 1900, was effected and its "style" and psychology will be identified.

Project fields:
Law and Jurisprudence

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$20,000 (approved)
$20,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/1978 – 1/31/1979