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Author: Wil Haygood
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 stunning new biography, award-winning author Wil Haygood surpasses the emotional impact of his inspiring best seller The Butler to detail the life and career of one of the most transformative legal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Thurgood Marshall; Thurgood 1908-1993 Marshall
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wil Haygood
ISBN: 9780307957191 0307957195 9780307947376 0307947378
OCLC Number: 895500987
Notes: "Borzoi Book."
Awards: Ohioana book award for nonfiction, 2016
Description: viii, 404 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Bound for Room 2228 --
The ghosts of Little Rock --
Willie and Norma Marshall's brave son --
Battling with a legendary country lawyer --
A "Philadelphia Negro" suddenly on standby --
Thurgood Marshall and his Southern hero --
The chairman goes AWOL, and the hunt is on for anti-Marshall votes --
"The Jew" --
The long memory of Evangeline Moore --
Return of the prosecutors --
Painful interruptions for a president and his nominee --
Dear Mr. President --
A rebel's last roar --
Flames --
The Constitution --
Thurgood Marshall's stand in LBJ's Texas --
A nominee in limbo --
Good evening, Mr. Justice Marshall --
Epilogue : Requiem for Thurgood.
Other Titles: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court nomination that changed America
Responsibility: Wil Haygood.

Abstract:

"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 stunning new biography, award-winning author Wil Haygood surpasses the emotional impact of his inspiring best seller The Butler to detail 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: President Lyndon Johnson; Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr., whose scandals almost cost Marshall the Supreme Court judgeship; Harry and Harriette Moore, the Florida NAACP workers killed by the KKK; Justice J. Waties Waring, a racist lawyer from South Carolina, who, after being appointed to the federal court, became such a champion of civil rights that he was forced to flee the South; John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy; Senator Strom Thurmond, the renowned racist from South Carolina, who had a secret black mistress and child; North Carolina senator Sam Ervin, who tried to use his Constitutional expertise to block Marshall's appointment; Senator James Eastland of Mississippi, the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who stated that segregation was "the law of nature, the law of God"; Arkansas senator John McClellan, who, as a boy, after Teddy Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dinner at the White House, wrote a prize-winning school essay proclaiming that Roosevelt had destroyed the integrity of the presidency; and so many others. This galvanizing book makes clear that it is impossible to overestimate Thurgood Marshall's lasting influence on the racial politics of our nation"--Jacket.
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