A Defiant Life: Thurgood Marshall and the Persistence of by Howard Ball PDF

By Howard Ball

ISBN-10: 0517599317

ISBN-13: 9780517599310

ISBN-10: 067680666X

ISBN-13: 9780676806663

Thurgood Marshall's remarkable contribution to civil rights and overcoming racism is extra topical than ever, because the nationwide debate on race and the overturning of affirmative motion rules make headlines national. Howard Ball, writer of eighteen books at the best court docket and the federal judiciary, has performed copious learn for this incisive biography to provide an authoritative portrait of Marshall the jurist.

Born to a middle-class black relatives in "Jim Crow" Baltimore on the flip of the century, Marshall's race proficient his worldview from an early age. He was once rejected by way of the college of Maryland legislations institution as a result of colour of his dermis. He then attended Howard University's legislations college, the place his racial attention was once woke up via the intense legal professional and activist Charlie Houston. Marshall all at once knew what he desired to be: a civil rights legal professional, certainly one of Houston's "social engineers." because the leader legal professional for the NAACP, he constructed the method for the felony problem to racial discrimination. His hovering achievements and his lasting impression at the nation's felony system--as the NAACP's suggest, as a federal appeals court docket pass judgement on, as President Lyndon Johnson's solicitor common, and eventually because the first African American ideally suited court docket Justice--are symbolized through Brown v. Board of schooling, the landmark case that ended felony segregation in public faculties.

Using race because the defining topic, Ball spotlights Marshall's genius in operating in the felony method to additional his lifelong dedication to racial equality. With assistance from a variety of, formerly unpublished resources, Ball provides a lucid account of Marshall's illustrious profession and his historical impression on American civil rights.

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