Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties

Eisenhower vs. Warren: The Battle for Civil Rights and Liberties

by James F. Simon

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Overview

The epic 1950s battle that would shape the legal future of the civil rights movement is chronicled here for the first time.


The bitter feud between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Chief Justice Earl Warren framed the tumultuous future of the modern civil rights movement. Eisenhower was a gradualist who wanted to coax white Americans in the South into eventually accepting integration, while Warren, author of the Supreme Court’s historic unanimous opinion in Brown v. Board of Education, demanded immediate action to dismantle the segregation of the public school system. In Eisenhower vs. Warren, two-time New York Times Notable Book author James F. Simon examines the years of strife between them that led Eisenhower to say that his biggest mistake as president was appointing that “dumb son of a bitch Earl Warren.” This momentous, poisonous relationship is presented here at last in one volume. Compellingly written, Eisenhower vs. Warren brings to vivid life the clash that continues to reverberate in political and constitutional debates today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780871407559
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 749,714
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.50(d)

About the Author

James F. Simon is dean emeritus at New
York Law School. He is the author of nine books on
American history, law, and politics, and has won the
American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award. He lives in West Nyack, New York.

Table of Contents

Prologue xiii

Chapter 1 Man of the West 1

Chapter 2 Supreme Commander 23

Chapter 3 "Loyalty Comes First" 49

Chapter 4 Eyes on the White House 78

Chapter 5 "To My Mind, He Is a Statesman" 114

Chapter 6 A List of 205 Communists 149

Chapter 7 "This Is a Day That Will Live in Glory" 174

Chapter 8 "With All Deliberate Speed" 199

Chapter 9 Double-Crossing Ike 229

Chapter 10 Red Monday 261

Chapter 11 Little Rock 290

Chapter 12 The Egalitarian Revolution 325

Epilogue 364

Acknowledgments 387

Notes 389

Index 413

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