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By Howard Ball

ISBN-10: 0517599317

ISBN-13: 9780517599310

ISBN-10: 067680666X

ISBN-13: 9780676806663

Thurgood Marshall's impressive contribution to civil rights and overcoming racism is extra topical than ever, because the nationwide debate on race and the overturning of affirmative motion guidelines make headlines national. Howard Ball, writer of eighteen books at the splendid court docket and the federal judiciary, has performed copious examine for this incisive biography to offer an authoritative portrait of Marshall the jurist.

Born to a middle-class black kin in "Jim Crow" Baltimore on the flip of the century, Marshall's race educated his worldview from an early age. He was once rejected through the collage of Maryland legislation institution as a result of the colour of his epidermis. He then attended Howard University's legislations college, the place his racial awareness was once woke up by means of the intense legal professional and activist Charlie Houston. Marshall abruptly knew what he desired to be: a civil rights attorney, certainly one of Houston's "social engineers." because the leader lawyer for the NAACP, he constructed the tactic for the felony problem to racial discrimination. His hovering achievements and his lasting effect at the nation's criminal system--as the NAACP's recommend, as a federal appeals court docket pass judgement on, as President Lyndon Johnson's solicitor basic, and at last because the first African American best courtroom Justice--are symbolized by means of Brown v. Board of schooling, the landmark case that ended felony segregation in public faculties.

Using race because the defining subject matter, Ball spotlights Marshall's genius in operating in the criminal procedure to extra his lifelong dedication to racial equality. With the aid of a number of, formerly unpublished assets, Ball provides a lucid account of Marshall's illustrious occupation and his ancient effect on American civil rights.

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