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.
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
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
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