Champion of Civil Rights: Judge John Minor Wisdom [NOOK Book]

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"Joel William Friedman's biography of federal judge John Minor Wisdom (1905--1999) fills an important gap in civil rights historiography." -- Journal of Southern History

"Champion of Civil Rights... is required reading for anyone interested in the legal and cultural history of the South during the last fifty years of the twentieth century." -- Georgia Historical Quarterly

One of the least publicly recognized heroes of the civil rights movement in the United States, John Minor Wisdom served as a member of the U.S....

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Champion of Civil Rights: Judge John Minor Wisdom

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Overview

"Joel William Friedman's biography of federal judge John Minor Wisdom (1905--1999) fills an important gap in civil rights historiography." -- Journal of Southern History

"Champion of Civil Rights... is required reading for anyone interested in the legal and cultural history of the South during the last fifty years of the twentieth century." -- Georgia Historical Quarterly

One of the least publicly recognized heroes of the civil rights movement in the United States, John Minor Wisdom served as a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1957 until his death in 1999. During his time on the bench, he wrote many of the landmark decisions instrumental in desegregating the American South. In this revealing biography, law professor Joel William Friedman explores the substantial legal and political contributions Judge Wisdom made during a critical period in the history of the South.

The Fifth Circuit, which included some of the most deeply segregated southern states, was transformed by many of the decisions authored by Judge Wisdom. In preparing this first full-length biography, Friedman had unrestricted access to Wisdom's voluminous repository of personal and professional papers. Friedman's use of firsthand interviews with law clerks who served under Judge Wisdom also provides a unique, behind-the-scenes account of some of the nation's most important legal decisions.

Champion of Civil Rights serves as a compelling account of how a child of privilege from New Orleans -- one of America's most socially and racially stratified cities -- came to act as the driving force behind the legal effort to end segregation.

Joel William Friedman is the Jack M. Gordon Professor of Procedural Law and Jurisdiction at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807149157
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Southern Biography Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Joel William Friedman is the Jack M. Gordon Professor of Procedural Law and Jurisdiction at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 A Previleged Son of the South 1

2 From Brith to Bonnie to the Branch, 1905-1946 9

3 At the Bar, 1948-1953 30

4 Batthng the Bosses: Creating a Two-Party System in Louisiana 43

5 The 1952 Convention: Victories for Eisenhower and a Two-Party System in Louisiana 63

6 Assuming the Bench: Nomination and Confirmation 89

7 The Fifth Circuit's Emerging Intellectual Leader, 1957-1966 112

8 Showdown in Mississippi: Standing Up for James Meredith and to Ross Burnett 147

9 The First Step in Desegregating the South: Enforcing Brown's Mandate in Louisiana 179

10 Implementing Brown throughout the Nation 200

11 Internal Discord Threatens the Court 246

12 Honoring the Promise of the Fifteenth Amendment: The Voting Rights Cases 271

13 A Vigilant Steward of Fairness 303

14 The Civil Rights Struggles of the 1970s and 1980s: Equal Opportunity in Employment 318

15 The Unsuccessful Campaign to Save the Fifth Circuit 335

Epilogue: Honoring the Legacy 369

Index 381

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