Taming the Storm: The Life and Times of Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., and the South's Fight over Civil Rights

Taming the Storm: The Life and Times of Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., and the South's Fight over Civil Rights

by Jack Bass
     
 

Thrust into the center of a raging storm over civil rights, Frank M. Johnson, Jr., was the youngest federal judge in the country at the time of his appointment in 1955. During his twenty-four years on the district court in Montgomery, Alabama, Johnson handed down a string of precedent-setting decisions that were vastly unpopular at the time but that would prove to

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Thrust into the center of a raging storm over civil rights, Frank M. Johnson, Jr., was the youngest federal judge in the country at the time of his appointment in 1955. During his twenty-four years on the district court in Montgomery, Alabama, Johnson handed down a string of precedent-setting decisions that were vastly unpopular at the time but that would prove to have profound consequences for America's future.

Not only did Johnson's trailblazing opinions greatly expand the access of African Americans to their constitutional rights, but his opinions also helped to dismantle discrimination against women, prison inmates, and the mentally ill. Johnson paid a heavy price for his judicial vision, however, for he had to endure public scorn, death threats, and the outrage of a society that felt itself and its values to be under siege. Eventually Johnson prevailed, winning honor even in his native Alabama and a respected place in the history of the civil rights movement. Taming the Storm is the story of an authentic American hero and the era he did so much to define.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820325316
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
11/22/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Prelude1
Chapter 1Searching for Roots3
Chapter 2The Free State of Winston12
Chapter 3The Growing-Up Years18
Chapter 4Manhood Responsibilities39
Chapter 5Off to the War56
Chapter 6A Good Life in Jasper68
Chapter 7Road to Montgomery80
Chapter 8A Long Row to Hoe95
Chapter 9Johnson and Rives107
Chapter 10Early Years in Montgomery118
Chapter 11A Trailblazing Court132
Chapter 12The Evolving Storm142
Chapter 13Freedom Riders173
Chapter 14The Break with Little George184
Chapter 15Close to Home197
Chapter 16Ticking the Last Tick207
Chapter 17Selma236
Chapter 18Family Sorrows260
Chapter 19Neighborhood Schools262
Chapter 20Justice Johnson--Almost274
Chapter 21The Right to Treatment277
Chapter 22A Hell of a Day304
Chapter 23Unfit for Human Habitation323
Chapter 24Going to the FBI347
Chapter 25Putting My Hay Down362
Chapter 26Troopers373
Chapter 27Overcoming Discrimination383
Chapter 28Recognition and Acclaim393
Chapter 29Appellate Judge408
Chapter 30An Onerous Job429
Chapter 31The Death Penalty448
Chapter 32Mark of a Man456
Notes471
Appendix493
Index497

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