Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life

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"Carl Maxey was, in his own words, "a guy who started from scratch - black scratch." He was sent, at age five, to the scandal-ridden Spokane Children's Home and then kicked out at age eleven with the only other "colored" orphan. Yet Maxey managed to make a national name for himself, first as an NCAA championship boxer at Gonzaga University, and then as eastern Washington's first black lawyer and a renowned civil rights leader who always fought for the underdog." "During the tumultuous civil rights and Vietnam War eras, Carl Maxey - called a
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"Carl Maxey was, in his own words, "a guy who started from scratch - black scratch." He was sent, at age five, to the scandal-ridden Spokane Children's Home and then kicked out at age eleven with the only other "colored" orphan. Yet Maxey managed to make a national name for himself, first as an NCAA championship boxer at Gonzaga University, and then as eastern Washington's first black lawyer and a renowned civil rights leader who always fought for the underdog." "During the tumultuous civil rights and Vietnam War eras, Carl Maxey - called a "Type-A Gandhi" by the New York Times - fought to break down color barriers in his hometown of Spokane and throughout the nation. He participated in Freedom Summer in Mississippi and, as a defense lawyer, made national headlines working on lurid murder cases and war-protest hearings, including the notorious Seattle Seven trial. He expanded his commitment to justice and antiwar causes to the political arena, running for the U.S. Senate against powerhouse senator Henry M. (Scoop) Jackson." In Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life, Jim Kershner explores the sources of Maxey's passions as well as the price he ultimately paid for his struggles. The result is a moving portrait of a man whose personal misfortunes spurred his lifelong, tireless crusade against injustice.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780295988467
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: V Ethel Willis White Books
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 An Orphan's Fire 3

2 A Father in Black Robes 18

3 The Count and the Club 31

4 Walking Right into Trouble 41

5 King Carl Wins the Crown 58

6 Eastern Washington's First Black Lawyer 77

7 Stirrings from the South 101

8 The Haircut Uproar and a Perfunctory Execution 108

9 Freedom Summer in the Tail End of America 120

10 "The Sickness of Our Nation" 130

11 A Right Hook to Scoop Jackson 151

12 The Seattle Seven Circus 162

13 The Maxey Temper 181

14 Ruth Coe's Greek Tragedy 209

15 "No Goddamned Award" 223

16 "Living through All This B.S." 237

17 Type-A Gandhi 242

Notes on Sources 249

Index 255

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