The Complete Transcripts of the Clarence Thomas - Anita Hill Hearings: October 11, 12, 13, 1991

The Complete Transcripts of the Clarence Thomas - Anita Hill Hearings: October 11, 12, 13, 1991

by Anita Miller, Nina Totenberg
     
 

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This volume contains not only the complete verbatim transcript of the testimony given before the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 11, 12 and 13, 1991, but, as Nina Totenberg points out in her preface, "the important exhibits that were submitted - affidavits aimed at discrediting Hill, and the sworn testimony of the so-called "other woman," Angela Wright, who… See more details below

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This volume contains not only the complete verbatim transcript of the testimony given before the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 11, 12 and 13, 1991, but, as Nina Totenberg points out in her preface, "the important exhibits that were submitted - affidavits aimed at discrediting Hill, and the sworn testimony of the so-called "other woman," Angela Wright, who had worked for Thomas and, like Hill, claimed he made lewd and inappropriate remarks to her." Wright herself was never called to testify before the cameras. But she did give telephone testimony to the committee staff - as did her friend Rose Jourdain - and that testimony is included here. Although more that two years have passed since these hearings were held, public interest remains high. With their implications for attitudes toward race, gender and sexual harassment, the issues and emotions created by the hearings are still of vital importance to literate, thinking Americans. History, someone said, is what happens before you know it. Thus, many events come clear only in retrospect. This book will at last allow the general interest reader the opportunity to develop a calm and reasoned insight into those explosive and historic three days.

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"...reveal[s] in its entirety the rudeness and incivilities visited upon Hill... This book is a hard pill to swallow..." — Library Journal
Library Journal
In her introduction to these transcripts, National Public Radio reporter Nina Totenberg notes that "the story was not just Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas, but the story of the Judiciary Committee and how it did its job." Totenberg was the first to interview Hill regarding her claims of sexual harassment by then-Supreme Court nominee Thomas. For those who ponder the question, "Why would Hill lie?" this book fails to give an answer. However, it does reveal in its entirety the rudeness and incivilities visited upon Hill by Senators Alan Simpson and Arlen Specter and the neglectful questioning of Thomas by Democratic senators. Also included is the telephone interview of Angela Wright (Thomas's director of public affairs at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) by counsel for the Judiciary Committee. Wright testified that she underwent the same type of sexual harassment that Hill allegedly experienced from Thomas. This book is a hard pill to swallow for those who would like to believe that Thomas, a sitting Supreme Court justice, is indeed honorable. Recommended for all libraries. [See also John Danforth's Resurrection: The Confirmation of Clarence Thomas, reviewed below.-Ed.]-Paula N. Arnold, Vermont Coll. Lib., Montpelier
Booknews
The Senate published only 500 copies of these transcripts. This publication makes them available in an affordable, convenient form, with an introduction by Nina Totenberg. At last, a chance to "hear" what happened without the cacophony of sound that accompanied the proceedings at the time. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897334082
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2005
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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"...[Now] you can read the hearings, the affidvits about character and lack of it. And finally, you can decide for yourself."

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