Thurgood Marshall: Civil Rights Lawyer and Supreme Court Justice

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From the late 19th century into the 21st century, technological and cultural advancements transformed the world into a new and modern place. These advancements changed the way people lived, worked, and thought about themselves and the world. The combination of all these changes continues to produce what we know as the modern world. Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American named to the Supreme Court. He opposed segregation and fought for racial equality in a world of prejudice. Marshall held firmly to his ...
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Overview

From the late 19th century into the 21st century, technological and cultural advancements transformed the world into a new and modern place. These advancements changed the way people lived, worked, and thought about themselves and the world. The combination of all these changes continues to produce what we know as the modern world. Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American named to the Supreme Court. He opposed segregation and fought for racial equality in a world of prejudice. Marshall held firmly to his beliefs of an equal America and worked hard to bring freedom, justice, equality, and respect to all people, including blacks, women, the homeless, and the mentally ill.
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Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
Thurgood spent most of his life fighting for equal rights for African Americans. One of the greatest victories of his career was Brown v. Board of Education. As a small child he was exposed to race riots, Jim Crow laws, a segregated education, and low paying menial jobs. Thurgood's father Willie instilled the desire to practice law into his son. He often visited the court house, listened to cases being presented, and then told his son about them. Over the years Thurgood was appointed a judge by President John F. Kennedy, was the first black judge to serve on the Second Circuit, which covered New York, Vermont, and Connecticut. When Lyndon B. Johnson was president he appointed him as solicitor general and eventually to the Supreme Court. At one point he was at odds with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., because he felt that the courts were the way to fulfill equality, not peaceful resistance. He eventually came around. Benjamin Hooks, executive director of the NAACP, summed up Thurgood Marshall's contribution: "It is my belief that without Thurgood Marshall we would still be riding in the back of the bus, going to separate schools and drinking ‘colored water.'" The author captures his goodness and his greatness.
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Meet the Author

Brenda Haugen started in the newspaper business and had a career as an award-winning journalist before finding her niche as an author. Since then, she has written more than 50 books and edited hundreds more, most of them for children. A graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, Brenda lives in North Dakota with her dog, Alice, who chose Brenda when she went to the Humane Society thinking she was there to adopt another dog.
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Table of Contents


The Biggest Case of His Life     9
Growing Up     15
Life's Lessons     23
Law School and the NAACP     33
Struggling Lawyer     41
Fighting for Equality     49
Brown v. Board of Education     61
On the Federal Stage     75
Supreme Court Justice     83
Legacy     89
Life and Times     96
Life at a Glance     102
Additional Resources     103
Glossary     105
Source Notes     106
Select Bibliography     108
Index     109
Image Credits     112
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