A Passion for Justice: J. Waties Waring and Civil Rights

A Passion for Justice: J. Waties Waring and Civil Rights

by Tinsley E. Yarbrough
     
 

An eighth-generation Charlestonian with a prestigious address, impeccable social credentials, and years of intimate association with segregationist politicians, U.S. District Court Judge Julius Waties Waring shocked family, friends, and an entire state in 1945 when, at age sixty-five, he divorced his wife of more than thirty years and embarked upon a far-reaching

Overview

An eighth-generation Charlestonian with a prestigious address, impeccable social credentials, and years of intimate association with segregationist politicians, U.S. District Court Judge Julius Waties Waring shocked family, friends, and an entire state in 1945 when, at age sixty-five, he divorced his wife of more than thirty years and embarked upon a far-reaching challenge to the most fundamental racial values of his native region. The first jurist in modern times to declare segregated schooling "inequality per se," Waring also ordered the equalization of teachers' salaries and outlawed South Carolina's white primary. Off the bench, he and his second wife—a twice-divorced, politically liberal Northerner who was even more outspoken in her political views than Waring himself—castigated Dixiecrats and southern liberals alike for their defense of segregation, condemned the "sickness" of white southern society, urged a complete breakdown of state-enforced bars to racial intermingling, and entertained blacks in their home, becoming pariahs in South Carolina and controversial figures nationally. Tinsley Yarbrough examines the life and career of this fascinating but neglected jurist, assessing the controversy he generated, his place in the early history of the modern civil rights movement, and the forces motivating his repudiation of his past.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Yarbrough's definitive biography brilliantly captures Waring's lonely, costly, but heroic crusade for racial equality....Makes for absorbing and even inspiring reading. I highly recommend this important book."—The Historian

"A well-written and remarkably balanced biogrgraphy of one of America's most controversial jurists....Informative and penetrating, A Passion for Justice complements very well the existing studies on local civil rights activists, and should be required reading for all students of civil rights history."—Georgia Historical Quarterly

"This splendid judicial biography demonstrates the suitability of this methodology for the study of trial as well as appellate courts....The book is rich in insight on such matters as the relationship between family life and judicial behavior, the role of the federal judge within the state political system, and the South on the eve of Brown v. Board of Education. Deserves a wide audience."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195041880
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1987
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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East Carolina University

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