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By Prof William Lasser

A key determine within the administrations of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, Benjamin V. Cohen (1894-1983) used to be made an immense architect of public coverage from the 1st days of FDR's presidency during the early days of the chilly battle. even supposing he saved a low public profile, Cohen's impression prolonged throughout a variety of family and international coverage tasks. during this biography, William Lasser deals an account of Ben Cohen's existence and occupation, and an evaluation of his contribution to the beginning and improvement of recent American liberalism. the quantity strains Cohen's contributions to family monetary coverage, his actions throughout the battle years in London and Washington, his provider as counsellor to the nation division and member of the yank delegation to the United countries after the struggle, and his function within the American Zionist circulate.

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And shall encourage . . close settlement by Jews on the land, including state lands and wastelands,’’ and that the administration shall promote ‘‘close settlement and intensive cultivation of the land,’’ and ‘‘arrange, with the Jewish Agency . . to construct or operate . . ’’ 13 Cohen did participate in drafting the language of the mandate, but his role in the process—indeed, the role of the Zionists as a whole— can be easily overstated, and it seems likely that Simon’s assessment exaggerated Cohen’s influence.

He became absorbed in their private lives and their ambitions. . Having a warm, bubbling, aggressive personality, he tended unconsciously to dominate many of his pupils. 19 In the young Ben Cohen, Frankfurter found not only an intellect worth cultivating, but a personality he could dominate and direct. For 6581 Lasser / BENJAMIN V. 2 15:40 16 Origins years after Cohen left Harvard, Frankfurter contributed guidance, offered advice, and opened up opportunities. In return, the professor imposed upon his former student for help on a range of projects.

For the most part, he divided his time between the New York and Chicago circuits. Almost immediately upon ascending to the bench, Mack began a tradition of choosing his law clerks from among the top Harvard graduates, as recommended to him first by Roscoe Pound and then by Felix Frankfurter. Mack, Pound, and Frankfurter were especially interested in placing Jewish students, who otherwise had few federal clerkship opportunities. One of Mack’s first clerks was Max Lowenthal, who eventually married Mack’s niece Eleanor.

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