On May 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room, author Jude Pfister will talk about his book, The Creation of American Law: John Jay, Oliver Ellsworth and the 1790s Supreme Court.
May 1st is Law day and so we are recognizing the topic of Law for this May talk. The book by Jude Pfister serves as a history of America’s national law with a look at those–such as John Jay (the first Chief), James Iredell, Busrod Washington and James Wilson–who set in motion not only the new Supreme Court, but also the new federal judiciary. These Founders displayed great dexterity in maneuvering through the political landscape of the 1790s.
Jude M. Pfister, D.Litt. is Chief of Cultural Resources, Morristown National Historical Park. He has been at Morristown since 2004 where he oversees the museum, archival, and library programs. He has been with the National Park Service in the field of historic preservation and cultural resource conservation since 1993. A historian by training, he has experience in a variety of settings impacting many of our nation’s most important historic sites. His professional interests include American constitutional development and the development of American historiography as a separate discipline. He is the author of several books, including America Writes Its History, and Morris County’s Acorn Hall, as well as multiple articles and reviews. His new book The Creation of American Law, on the first decade of the Supreme Court, was published in December, 2018.
All are welcome to this free program. RSVP is appreciated. Please RSVP to Cindy Warrick at 609-278-2640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.