Local Literary Events

Published on February 6th, 2019 | by TLV News

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James Robertson Brings His “Heroes, Rascals, and the Law” to Off Square Books Wednesday February 13

The event will be at 5:30 pm at Off Square Books.

James L. Robertson is a practicing lawyer and active life member of the American Law Institute. A graduate of the Harvard Law School, he served on the Supreme Court of Mississippi for ten years and taught law at the University of Mississippi and elsewhere.

In Heroes, Rascals, and the Law, Robertson focuses on folk encountering their constitutions and laws, in their courthouses and country stores, and in their daily lives, animating otherwise dry and inaccessible parchments. Robertson begins at statehood and continues through war and depression, well into the 1940s. He tells of slaves petitioning for freedom, populist sentiments fueling abnegation of the rule of law, the state’s many schemes for enticing Yankee capital to lift a people from poverty, and its sometimes tragic, always colorful romance with whiskey after the demise of national Prohibition. Each story is sprinkled with fascinating but heretofore unearthed facts and circumstances.

Robertson delves into the prejudices and practices of the times, local landscapes, and daily life and its dependence on our social compact. He offers the unique perspective of a judge, lawyer, scholar, and history buff, each role having tempered the lessons of the others. He focuses on a people, enriching encounters most know little about. Tales of understanding and humanity covering 130 years of heroes, rascals, and ordinary fol—with a bundle of engaging surprises—leave the reader pretty sure there’s nothing quite like Mississippi history told by a sage observer.

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