The year is 1835 and John Marshall has been Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court since 1801. He had fought, literally and figuratively, to establish a strong national government, opposed in that effort by powerful politicians including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and Andrew Jackson. Although his opponents controlled Congress and the White House for all but four years of Marshall’s tenure on the Court, Marshall prevailed in advancing his views on the law and the Constitution. Richard Hesse portrays Marshall as he reflects on his life and explains his views and his fears for the future of our country in this living history program.

Professor Emeritus at the UNH School of Law, Richard Hesse has published on a variety of legal and ethical topics. He served as a community lawyer in Philadelphia, heading a police community relations project before moving to Boston to head a national project focused on the rights of consumers. His academic concentration is on state and federal constitutional law and international human rights. Hesse has been an advocate for civil and human rights for more than 50 years and was twice awarded the Bill of Rights Award by the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union.