By Prof William Lasser
A key determine within the administrations of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, Benjamin V. Cohen (1894-1983) was once made a huge 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 quite a lot of household and international coverage tasks. during this biography, William Lasser deals an account of Ben Cohen's lifestyles and occupation, and an review of his contribution to the starting place 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 kingdom division and member of the yankee delegation to the United countries after the battle, and his function within the American Zionist move.
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26 Cohen’s year with Mack provided him with an opportunity to hone his legal skills, particularly in the drafting of precise arguments on highly complex topics. More important was Mack’s personal friendship and inﬂuence and his sense of compassion and concern for others. The two men became very close, and would remain so for years; there is no record of even a hint of disagreement or tension between the two. Cohen’s surviving letters to Mack, when not dealing with purely professional subjects, reveal a level of candor generally absent in his letters to Frankfurter or anyone else, with the exception of his friend and conﬁdante Jane Harris.
Frankfurter enjoyed the class as much as his students did. ‘‘I’m having a happy time of it here,’’ he wrote in November of his ﬁrst semester. ’’ 16 As a professor, Frankfurter considered it his goal to make his students understand the connection between the law and the larger society of which it is a part. ‘‘We fail in our important oﬃce if they do not feel that society has breathed into law the breath of life and made it a living, serving soul,’’ he told the American Bar Association in 1915. ‘‘We must show them the law as an instrument and not an end of organized humanity.
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. ‘‘FF liked to arrange things—mainly good things,’’ Cohen recalled.
Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal by Prof William Lasser