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Family roots[ edit ] Louis Dembitz Brandeis was born on November 13,in Louisville, Kentuckythe youngest of four children. They emigrated as part of their extended families for both economic and political reasons.
The Revolutions of had produced a series of political upheavals and the families, though politically liberal and sympathetic to the rebels, were shocked by the antisemitic riots that erupted in Prague while the rebels controlled it.
Family elders sent Adolph Brandeis to America to observe and prepare for his family's possible emigration. He spent a few months in the Midwest and was impressed by the nation's institutions and by the tolerance among the people he met. He wrote home to his wife, "America's progress is the triumph of the rights of man.
His earliest childhood was shaped by the American Civil Warwhich forced the family to seek safety temporarily in Indiana. The Brandeis family held abolitionist beliefs that angered their Louisville neighbors. Worries about the U. Having been raised partly on German cultureLouis read and appreciated the writings of Goethe and Schillerand his favorite composers were Beethoven and Schumann.
They celebrated the main Christian holidays along with most of their community,  treating Christmas as a secular holiday. His parents raised their children to be "high-minded idealists" rather than depending solely on religion for their purpose and inspiration.
I believe that only goodness and truth and conduct that is humane and self-sacrificing toward those who need us can bring God nearer to us I wanted to give my children the purest spirit and the highest ideals as to morals and love. God has blessed my endeavors. Unlike other members of the extended Brandeis family, Dembitz regularly practiced Judaism and was actively involved in Zionist activities.
Brandeis later changed his middle name from David to Dembitz in honor of his uncle, and through his uncle's model of social activism, became an active member of the Zionist movement later in his life. Brandeis graduated from the Louisville Male High School at age 14 with the highest honors.
When he was 16, the Louisville University of the Public Schools awarded him a gold medal for "excellence in all his studies. He later credited his capacity for critical thinking and his desire to study law in the United States to his time there.
His admiration for the wide learning and debating skills of his uncle, Lewis Dembitz, inspired him to study law.
Brandeis easily adapted to the new methods, soon became active in class discussions,  and joined the Pow-Wow club, similar to today's moot courts in law school, which gave him experience in the role of a judge.
The school doctors suggested he give up school entirely. He found another alternative: Despite the difficulties, his academic work and memorization talents were so impressive that he graduated as valedictorian and achieved the highest grade point average in the history of the school, : For me, the world's center was Cambridge.When we’re talking about democracy and the criminal justice system, everyone who’s fairly familiar with the issue knows about the effect of felon disenfranchisement on democracy.
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