The law of the land can help us, and it can hurt us.
In pushing against laws that kept women unequal in the United States, Ruth Bader Ginsburg achieved many things for the first time in our nation’s history. But she wouldn’t be the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court; that honor went to Sandra Day O’Connor. The groundbreaking efforts and judgments by the two women who first served as justices for the entire nation are explored by Linda Hirshman, in “Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World.”
And then, the Western system of justice treated Jews horribly for centuries. Perhaps the clearest example of that injustice was the blood libel, which traces back to a fixed trial with bad evidence nearly 900 years ago. EM Rose gathers together that evidence to tell the story of “The Murder of William of Norwich: The Origins of the Blood Libel in Medieval Europe.”
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