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Melvin I. Urofsky
Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA 23284-9005)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2005 – 9/30/2005

Biography of Louis Dembitz Brandeis

Since the publication of the Letters of Louis D. Brandeis beginning in 1971, there has been an explosion of monographic studies about different facets of his career. I propose to write a new biography of Brandeis, taking into account not only the secondary literature, but a great deal of manuscript material that has become available over the last two decades. I believe that Brandeis had four distinct careers--a successful attorney at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries, a progressive reformer, a Zionist, and a Supreme Court justice--and that these careers, as well as his personal life, constitute what Paul Freund described as "a mind of one piece." Utilizing new primary and secondary sources, I want to show how each of Brandeis's "careers" influenced the others, how his Zionism connected to his progressive philosophy, how his career as a lawyer informed his work on the Supreme Court, and his professional and private lives intertwined.