Hugo Black

Hugo Black

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Three decades after his death, the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black continues to be studied and discussed. This latest and perhaps definitive study of Black's origins and early influences has been twenty-five years in the making and offers fresh insights into the justice's character, thought processes, and instincts. Black came out of hardscrabble Alabama hill country and he never forgot his origins. He was further shaped in the early 20th century politics of Birmingham, where he set up in law practice and began his political career, eventually rising to the U.S. Senate, from which he was selected by FDR for the high court. Black's nomination was opposed partly on the grounds that he had been a member of the Ku Klux Klan. One of the book's conclusions that is sure to be controversial is that in the context of Birmingham in the early 1920s, Black's joining of the KKK was a progressive act. This startling assertion is supported by an examination of the conflict that was then raging in Birmingham between the Big Mule industrialists and the blue-collar labor unions. Black of course went on to become a staunch judicial advocate of free speech and civil rights, thus making him one of the figures most vilified by the KKK and other white supremacists in the 1950s and '60s.show more

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  • Hardback | 640 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 48.3mm | 1,043.27g
  • NewSouth, Incorporated
  • Montgomery, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1588381447
  • 9781588381446

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