Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurist of the Civil Rights Revolution

Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurist of the Civil Rights Revolution


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Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurist of the Civil Rights Revolution by Anne Emanuel

This is the first—and the only authorized—biography of Elbert Parr Tuttle (1897–1996), the judge who led the federal court with jurisdiction over most of the Deep South through the most tumultuous years of the civil rights revolution. By the time Tuttle became chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, he had already led an exceptional life. He had cofounded a prestigious law firm, earned a Purple Heart in the battle for Okinawa in World War II, and led Republican Party efforts in the early 1950s to establish a viable presence in the South. But it was the inter­section of Tuttle’s judicial career with the civil rights movement that thrust him onto history’s stage.

When Tuttle assumed the mantle of chief judge in 1960, six years had passed since Brown v. Board of Education had been decided but little had changed for black southerners. In landmark cases relating to voter registration, school desegregation, access to public transportation, and other basic civil liberties, Tuttle’s determination to render justice and his swift, decisive rulings neutralized the delaying tactics of diehard segregationists—including voter registrars, school board members, and governors—who were determined to preserve Jim Crow laws throughout the South.

Author Anne Emanuel maintains that without the support of the federal courts of the Fifth Circuit, the promise of Brown might have gone unrealized. Moreover, without the leadership of Elbert Tuttle and the moral authority he commanded, the courts of the Fifth Circuit might not have met the challenge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820347455
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 10/15/2014
Series: Studies in the Legal History of the South Series
Pages: 440
Sales rank: 836,154
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

ANNE EMANUEL is a professor of law emerita at Georgia State University. She clerked for Judge Tuttle during his tenure on the Fifth Circuit, practiced in a private law firm, and clerked for Chief Justice Harold Hill of the Georgia Supreme Court.

Table of Contents

A Note on Sources
Chapter 1. The Legal Lynching of John Downer
Chapter 2. The Great Migration
Chapter 3. Life Was a Breeze
Chapter 4. College Years
Chapter 5. Sara Sutherland
Chapter 6. Founding a Law Firm and Raising a Family
Chapter 7. Gearing Up for War
Chapter 8. The War Years
Chapter 9. Building a Republican Party in Georgia
Chapter 10. The 1952 Republican National Convention
Chapter 11. The Washington Years
Chapter 12. The Great Writ
Chapter 13. Forming the Historic Fifth Circuit: Nine Men
Chapter 14. Justice Is Never Simple: Brown I and II
Chapter 15. From Plessy to Brown to Buses
Chapter 16. The Desegregation of the University of Georgia
Chapter 17. The Costs of Conscience
Chapter 18. Oxford, Mississippi: The Battleground
Chapter 19. The Fight for the Right to Vote
Chapter 20. But for Birmingham
Chapter 21. The Houston Conference
Chapter 22. Moving On
Chapter 23. The City Almost Too Busy to Hate
Chapter 24. Family and Friends
Chapter 25. A Jurisprudence of Justice
Chapter 26. Hail to the Chief-and Farewell
Appendix 1. Law Clerks to Judge Tuttle
Appendix 2. Military Honors
Appendix 3. Awards and Honors

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