Marshalling Justice : The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall
[An] important collection .Michael G. Long deserves high praise indeed for unearthing [Marshall s letters] and bringing them to light. Wil HaygoodCollected together for the first time in Marshalling Justice, here are selected letters written by one of the most influential and important activists in the American Civil Rights movement: the brilliant legal mind and footsoldier for justice and racial equality, Thurgood Marshall. The correspondences of a rebellious young attorney with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Marshalling Justice paints an eye-opening portrait of Thurgood Marshall before he became the first African American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, during his years as a groundbreaking and vibrant Civil Rights activist in the tradition of Martin Luther King and Julian Bond."
- Hardback | 412 pages
- 154.94 x 231.14 x 48.26mm | 566.99g
- 18 Jan 2011
- Amistad Press
- New York, NY, United States
- Plates, black and white
[These] letters vividly illustrate what life was like for African Americans in the mid-twentieth century and what it was like to be the nation s most important civil rights lawyer. As good a way to get to know Marshall the man and his life as there is. --Mark Tushnet, author of "Making Civil Rights Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1956-61""
Back cover copy
Collected here together for the first time are the selected letters of one of the most influential and important activists in the American civil rights movement the brilliant legal mind and foot soldier for justice, Thurgood Marshall.For twenty years prior to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a rebellious young attorney with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Thurgood Marshall, struggled tirelessly to combat racism, discrimination, and segregation in schools, transportation, the military, businesses, and voting booths across America. This collection of letters, compiled and edited by Michael G. Long, and written by Thurgood Marshall during his tenure with the NAACP long before he became a Supreme Court justice reveals this remarkable man s extraordinary intellectual development and invaluable contributions to the civil rights movement, highlighting his relentless work in helping secure equality and justice for all Americans.Long traces Marshall s correspondence with the most powerful leaders of his day J. Edgar Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, NAACP leader Walter White, and many others cataloging how Marshall was able to accomplish in the courts what Martin Luther King Jr. would work to do from the pulpit and on the streets. Through these letters, we discover a startling new portrait of Marshall and gain a deeper understanding of the influences that spurred his unrelenting advocacy for society s most vulnerable. A window into the history and radical roots of the modern civil rights movement, these letters illuminate the strides that one man made, and the distance that still yawns between his goals and present-day reality."