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Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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Thurgood Marshall brought down the separate-but-equal doctrine, integrated schools, and not only fought for human rights and human dignity but also made them impossible to deny in the courts and in the streets. In this biography, author Wil Haygood details the life and career of one of the most transformative legal minds of the past one hundred years. Using the framework of the dramatic, contentious five-day Senate hearing to confirm Marshall as the first African-American Supreme Court justice, Haygood creates a provocative and moving look at Marshall’s life as well as the politicians, lawyers, activists, and others who shaped—or desperately tried to stop—the civil rights movement of the twentieth century.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307957191
9780307947376
0307947378
Characteristics: viii, 404 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary: Thurgood Marshall brought down the separate-but-equal doctrine, integrated schools, and not only fought for human rights and human dignity but also made them impossible to deny in the courts and in the streets. In this biography, author Wil Haygood details the life and career of one of the most transformative legal minds of the past one hundred years. Using the framework of the dramatic, contentious five-day Senate hearing to confirm Marshall as the first African-American Supreme Court justice, Haygood creates a provocative and moving look at Marshall’s life as well as the politicians, lawyers, activists, and others who shaped—or desperately tried to stop—the civil rights movement of the twentieth century.

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Jan 19, 2017

Amazing book! A must read for all baby boomers who came of age during this time. It tells a story of the sixties that we in white America were barely aware of.

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rpavlacic
Jan 11, 2016

Excellent account of the nomination hearings for Thurgood Marshall, a true civil rights champion; as well as the Senators who were determined to block his nomination, including Sam Ervin, James Eastland, John McClellan, and (surprise!) Strom Thurmond. Also goes into Marshall's backstory, some of the significant cases he won in the years prior to becoming a judge, and some of the more notorious lynchings and other extrajudicial killings that shaped the man's philosophy.

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