Daughter of the Empire State

Daughter of the Empire State : The Life of Judge Jane Bolin

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This long overdue biography elevates Jane Matilda Bolin to her rightful place in American history as an activist, integrationist, jurist, and outspoken public figure in the political and professional milieu of New York City before the onset of the modern Civil Rights movement. When Bolin was appointed to New York City's domestic relations court in 1939 for the first of four ten-year terms, she became the nation's first African American woman judge. Drawing on archival materials as well as a meeting with Bolin in 2002, historian Jacqueline A. McLeod reveals how Bolin parlayed her judicial position to impact significant reforms of the legal and social service system in New York. Beginning with Bolin's childhood and educational experiences at Wellesley and Yale, Daughter of the Empire State chronicles Bolin's relatively quick rise through the ranks of a profession that routinely excluded both women and African Americans. McLeod links Bolin's activist leanings and integrationist zeal to her involvement in the NAACP and details her work as a critic and reformer of domestic relations courts and juvenile placement facilities.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 10.16mm | 249.48g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 4 black and white photographs
  • 0252082087
  • 9780252082085

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"Daughter of the Empire State accomplishes what any good first biography should do."--The Journal of American History "McLeod draws on archival material and an interview with Bolin to rescue from obscurity this juvenile-justice activist and pioneer in the advancement of African Americans and women in the legal profession."--Booklist

"McLeod has recaptured the career of a remarkable individual and breathed new life into the memory of a pioneering figure deserving far greater recognition than she has traditionally received."--New York History "Jacqueline A. McLeod not only premieres the public life of Jane Matilda Bolin but also bridges some of the gaps that exist in studies of lawyers who are most likely to be male and of female lawyers who are most likely to be white. This is an engaging work that will be of interest to scholars of women's history and African American history as well as legal studies and the history of social and political reform."--Stephanie J. Shaw, author of What a Woman Ought to Be and to Do: Black Professional Women Workers During the Jim Crow Era
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About Jacqueline A. McLeod

Jacqueline A. McLeod is an associate professor of history and African & African American studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver and coeditor of Crossing Boundaries: Comparative History of Blacks in Diaspora.
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