Emancipation: The Making of the Black Lawyer, 1844-1944

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Winner of the W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists

"Emancipation is an important and impressive work; one cannot read it without being inspired by the legal acumen, creativity, and resiliency these pioneer lawyers displayed. . . . It should be read by everyone interested in understanding the road African-Americans have traveled and the challenges that lie ahead."—From the Foreword, by Justice Thurgood Marshall

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"A monumental achievement."—Southern University Law Review

"Emancipation is the first truly comprehensive reference book covering the first one hundred years of African Americans in the legal profession. Other legal historians and biographers must take Smith's work as a starting point for gauging the impact Black lawyers and institutions have had upon the evolution of the American legal profession."—Black Issues in Higher Education

"The sheer quantity of information contained in Emancipation is overwhelming; the impact of page after page of data, stories and lives, and the thousands of detailed, extensive footnotes and documentation is simply overpowering. It is a monumental achievement."—Southern University Law Review

"A remarkable piece of scholarship. . . . Emancipation contains a wealth of information previously unknown even to those who consider themselves well-informed about African-American history. . . . It will, I am sure, serve as the definitive authority on the history of black lawyers for years to come."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Black Issues In Higher Education
Emancipation is the first truly comprehensive reference book covering the first one hundred years of African Americans in the legal profession.
A comprehensive social and political history of black lawyers in America, capturing their achievements in the face of overwhelming odds, and revealing the role they have played in the judicial, political, and social emancipation of their people in hostile courtrooms, political parties, and white bar associations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812216851
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 760
  • Sales rank: 633,620
  • Product dimensions: 1.49 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Clay Smith, Jr., is Professor of Law and formerly Dean at the Howard University School of Law. He has served as President of the Washington Bar Association, as National President of the Federal Bar Association, and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter U.S. Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of which he later served as Acting Chairman under President Ronald Reagan. He is the author of Rebels in Law: Voices in History of Black Women Lawyers and editor of Supreme Justice: Speeches and Writings of Thurgood Marshall.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Justice Thurgood Marshall

Chapter 1 Black Students in White Law Schools and the Black Law Schools
Chapter 2 New England: The Genesis of the Black Lawyer
Chapter 3 The Atlantic States
Chapter 4 The Southeastern States
Chapter 5 The Southern States
Chapter 6 The Southwestern States
Chapter 7 The Northeastern States
Chapter 8 The Northwestern States
Chapter 9 The Pacific States
Chapter 10 National White and Black Bar Groups and the State Black Bar Groups

Appendix 1. The First Black Lawyers, 1844-1944
Appendix 2. U.S. Census: The Number of Lawyers in Each State/Territory by Race and Sex, 1850-1940
Table of Cases

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2001

    Through Struggle Comes Progress

    Dr. Smith's in-depth, 50 state survey of the early achievements and struggles of Black Lawyers is a must read for anyone who is serious about the history of Black America, and the work of legal practitioners before Brown v. The Board of Education was decided.

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