Supreme Justice: Speeches and Writings

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Overview

To understand fully the complexities of Thurgood Marshall's work as a practicing lawyer, civil rights advocate for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, federal judge, and the first African American appointed Solicitor General of the United States and Justice of the United States Supreme Court, these texts are indispensable.

The early speeches assembled by J. Clay Smith, Jr., focus on the Detroit riots of the 1940s and 1950s, one of the most important periods of Marshall's life, culminating in his arguments before the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education and Bolling v. Sharpe, which in 1954 struck down de jure segregation in public education. Throughout the materials from the next four decades, Marshall comes to life as a teacher, leader, and strategist, explaining, preaching, and cajoling audiences to stand up for their rights. The addresses collected by Smith present a less formal picture of Marshall, from which one can learn much about the depth of his skills and strategies to conquer racism, promote democracy, and create a world influenced by his vision for a just and moral society.

Supreme Justice reveals Marshall as a dogged opponent of unequal schools and a staunch proponent of the protection of black people from violence and the death penalty. Through his own words we see the genius of a man with an ability to inspire diverse crowds in clear language and see him also demonstrate his powers of persuasion in formal settings outside the court. His writings not only enhance our understanding of his groundbreaking advocacy in law and social conflicts, they reveal the names of men and women of all races who made significant contributions leading to Brown v. Board of Education and beyond.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An essential primary source for any study of the civil rights movement in general and of Justice Marshall's contributions to American jurisprudence in particular."—New York Law Journal

"With its deft selections drawn from throughout Marshall's storied career, this volume will appeal to students of legal history and the civil rights movement."—Harvard Law Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812236903
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Clay Smith, Jr., Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law, is author of Emancipation: The Making of the Black Lawyer, 1844-1944, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Thurgood Marshall 1908-1993

PART I: THE LAWYER 1930s-1950s

The 1930s-1940s
Marshall and Houston Jailed (1932)
Letter to Dean Taylor Applying for Law School Position (1935)
The Gestapo in Detroit (1943)
Negro Status in Boilermaker Union (1944)
Saving the Race (1941)

The 1950s
From Law to Social Reality and Panel Discussion (1950)
Racial Integration in Education Through Resort to the Courts and Summit
Discussion (1952)
The Future Lies With Our Youth (1954)
Segregation and Desegregation (1954)
Interpretation of Supreme Court Decisions and the NAACP (1955)
Three Years After Brown I (1957)
The South on the Run (1957)
The Living Constitution: Civil Rights and the Negro (circa 1959)
Judicial Method in Due Process (1956)
The Rise and Collapse of the White Democratic Primary (1957)
Summary Justice: The Negro GI in Korea (1951)

Part II: SOLICITOR GENERAL, JUDGE, AND SUPREME COURT
JUSTICE, 1960s-1990s

The 1960s: Transition from Lawyer to Jurist
The United States as Moral Leader of the World (1961)
No Peace at Any Cost (1961)
The Courts (1964)
The Impact of the Constitution and Panel Discussion (1964)
Civil Rights in the United States (1966)
Remembering Lyndon B. Johnson and the Civil Rights Struggle (1969)
Group Action in the Pursuit of Justice (1969)

The 1970s
The Law Deals with a World of Individuals (1973)
Building a Tradition of Public Service (1976)
World Peace Through Law: An Urgent Task (1977)
Financing Public Interest Law Practice: The Role of The Organized Bar
(1975)
Who Is Best Qualified to Be a Judge? (1977)
Equality Before The Law; The Cardinal Principle of the Constitution (1978)
The Fulcrum of Pressure (1978)

The 1980s
Judicial Power and Respect for the People (1981)
Violations of the Constitution Require Corrective Relief (1984)
Moral and Fair Representation Issues in Death Penalty Cases (1985)
Charles Hamilton Houston (1987)
The Constitution: A Living Document (1987)
A Colorblind Society Remains an Aspiration (1987)
Right To Counsel (1988)
New Challenges Facing the Civil Rights Community (1989)

The 1990s
Looking Back (1992)
We Must Dissent (1992)

Appendix: The Fairness of the Reorganization Plan in Industrial
Corporations (1933)

Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments

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