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Epilogue: “Poor Harry!”

Tinsley E. Yarbrough

in Harry A. Blackmun

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195141238
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199851577 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195141238.003.0011
Epilogue: “Poor Harry!”

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Although Justice Blackmun held a high position in one of the world's most powerful and influential institutions, Blackmun's psychologist daughter Nancy explained how, because of his childhood and his mother's inability to care for him well during his infant years, he had always felt a certain degree of insecurity and pessimism. This can probably help explain why Justice Blackmun never felt that he belonged in this world and saw himself as an outsider. Despite his good performances throughout his school work, and his work as a lawyer, Blackmun still possessed continued self-doubt. Despite all this, Blackmun was given great recognition for his humility by his clerks and colleagues. His experiences as a child have given him the ability to become more sensitive to the needs of those perceived to be life's underdogs.

Keywords: Justice Blackmun; clerks; lawyer

Chapter.  1660 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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