"An effective blend of memoir, history and legal analysis."—Christopher Benson, Washington Post Book World
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Charles Ogletree, Jr., is the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Clinical Programs. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Ogletree combines memoir with legal commentary, since he lived or was affected by civil rights milestones: segregated elementary school (Merced, CA) followed by newly-integrated high school; founding of a black student group at Stanford; fundraising for Angela Davis's defense; Shockley on the faculty; protesting Daniel Patrick Moynihan as commencement speaker; hitting Harvard Law School as Boston blew up over busing and volunteering as a legal observer; public defense in DC; head of Anita Hill's legal team; counsel for African Americans in Tulsa seeking reparations for the destruction of the Greenwood District and murder of up to 300 African Americans in a 1921 riot. I was disappointed to learn shortly after reading this that Ogletree had had to apologize for plagiarism or what appeared to be plagiarism. (He said he used his RA's notes on someone else's work and the notes were really copied passages. Maybe it's not plagiarism, but why would he use his RA's draft without at least editing it to make it his own?)
An outstanding book. Both a legal work and a book of personal reflection. This is a fascinating story about life in the struggle for equality and an autobiography of an amazing man that is not yet done watching and making history.
Ogletree sets the record straight in this easy-to-read, fact-packed, account of the years and circumstances leading to the historically-relevant Brown v. Board of Education. Readers will understand what got the Country to the point of needing the decision, and both the positive and negative impacts of school desegregation. A must read!