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SOME MEMORIES OF A LONG LIFE

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Malvina Shanklin Harlan (1838-1916), the wife of Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan, wrote a memoir of her 54-year marriage. The memoir was edited by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and TITLED SOME MEMORIES OF A LONG LIFE, 1854-1911. Harlan discusses the husband's struggle as the dissenter in many key civil rights cases of the era. In one notable passage, (see document), she describes how she tries to inspire him by placing a symbolic inkwell on his desk - one used by Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney to write the 1857 Dred Scott decision.

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Library of Congress, A Wife's Chronicle