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Clarence Thomas
     

Clarence Thomas

by Christine Adamec
 
As the second black man to be appointed to the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas has achieved something that few people-no matter what their race-have achieved in America. Before reaching the Supreme Court, however, Thomas had to endure years of struggle. He faced racial discrimination and poverty as a boy, but his demanding grandfather taught him that hard work,

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As the second black man to be appointed to the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas has achieved something that few people-no matter what their race-have achieved in America. Before reaching the Supreme Court, however, Thomas had to endure years of struggle. He faced racial discrimination and poverty as a boy, but his demanding grandfather taught him that hard work, self-discipline, and self-reliance would help him survive. Thomas went on to a seminary, to college, and then to the Yale School of Law, where he was one of only a few black students. While working at the Department of Education and on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, his opinions about affirmative action programs enraged some civil rights leaders. When he was nominated to the Supreme Court, his reputation was attacked. Despite all of this, Thomas prevailed. Today, he sits on the highest court in the nation.

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Children's Literature - Meagan Albright
This book recounts the life of Clarence Thomas, only the second black man to be appointed to the Supreme Court, who has achieved, through great drive and determination, a seat on the most powerful court in the nation. The book discusses the hardships he faced—discrimination and poverty—as well as the advantages he had—strong family support and a hard-won education. The author also addresses the negative aspects of Thomas's life, such as the effect his views on affirmative action had on many civil rights leaders. The chapter that addresses the accusations of Anita Hill, a bare 10 pages, is perhaps the weakest section of the book and is juxtaposed with the story of William O. Douglas, an associate justice whose controversial personal life caused a call for an investigation of "judicial misconduct" (it was ultimately decided that he had done nothing improper). Douglas's story takes up a full page of text, space that would have been better dedicated to giving more information to both sides of what this book simply calls "the scandal." Overall, however, the book captures some of the outspoken spirit of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and is a useful biography of an important figure in modern life. Reviewer: Meagan Albright

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604130485
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Series:
Chelsea House Black Americans of Achievement Series
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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