Nature's Justice: Writings of William O. Douglas (Northwest by William O. Douglas, James O'Fallon

By William O. Douglas, James O'Fallon

Because the longest-serving Justice within the historical past of the U.S. perfect courtroom, William O. Douglas used to be identified for writing a bunch of dissenting evaluations. He was once additionally a prolific author off the bench, a guy whose paintings was once as a lot thinking about nature as with legislation. This assortment brings jointly writings that signify the big variety of Douglan's pursuits. It comprises decisions from his autobiographical and political books, and critiques from landmark cases--all reflecting not just his love of justice but in addition his roots within the Northwest and his lifelong dedication to the surroundings. those writings exhibit that Douglas by no means shied from controvery--whether over interpretation of the Fourteenth modification or the alternative among flies and bait for trout fishing--and provide plentiful thought for either environmentalists and all who yearn for a extra simply society. even if extolling the fun of the wild or protecting the rights of voters, Douglas exhibits during this paintings that he actually was once Nature's Justice--and different.

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Sagebrush and Lava Rock,” also from Of Men and Mountains, tells of the hills surrounding Yakima, where Douglas walked as a teenager, intent on overcoming the lingering effects of his childhood polio. He weaves together the geological history of the place, accounts of its flora and fauna, stories told by native inhabitants, and personal experience to produce a vivid and attractive portrait of a place that, to the passing eye, might seem little more than rock and brush. 21 22 Nature’s Justice Writings of William O.

At least that has been my experience. At Home in the Mountains 41 I saw the CCC camps in the early thirties work miracles with men. I remember a chap from Brooklyn whom I picked up out of La Grande, Oregon. We drove to Portland together. During the six or seven hours with him I learned something of his transformation. By his own admission he had been a pretty tough, mean character when he arrived in Oregon for work in the woods. He carried a chip on his shoulder. He was itching to punch “any bird” that pushed him around.

He had only to give the command and a salmon would jump out of the river into his arms. He could change himself into a man, a dish, a board, or any other object. He could also transform others by his magic. Thus the water snipe and the kildee had been women who had rejected his overtures and scorned him, and whom he therefore had decreed should always live near the river and eat fish. Coyote could be killed and yet return to life in his old form or in a new one. He was wily and smart, with keen insight into human motivations.

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