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Author Ball, Howard, 1937-

Title A defiant life : Thurgood Marshall and the persistence of racism in America / Howard Ball.

Published New York : Crown Publishers, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description pages cm
Contents Chronology of "A Life Well Lived" -- Foreword / William J. Brennan, Jr. -- 1. Born into Racism and Segregation in America -- 2. The Rise of the NAACP and Charlie Houston's "Social Engineers" -- 3. Marshall Joins the NAACP -- 4. "Thurgood's Coming": Mr. Civil Rights -- 5. Segregation in the Military: A Special Humiliation -- 6. The Public Education Battles Begin: Brown v. Board -- 7. The Segregation Battles Continue and the Civil Rights Movement Emerges -- 8. A New Life: Thurgood Marshall, Government Servant -- 9. Mr. Justice Marshall -- 10. The Meaning of Equality in the Fourteenth Amendment -- 11. Bakke and the Affirmative Action Battles: "They Just Don't Get It!" -- 12. Procedural Fairness and Substantive Justice: Realities and Myths -- 13. Marshall and First Amendment Freedoms -- 14. The Constitution as Evolving Guarantor of New Rights -- 15. Justice Marshall: Always the Outsider, Always Defiant.
Summary Thurgood Marshall's extraordinary contribution to civil rights and overcoming racism is more topical than ever, as the national debate on race and the overturning of affirmative action policies make headlines nationwide. Howard Ball, author of eighteen books on the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary, has done copious research for this incisive biography to present an authoritative portrait of Marshall the jurist. Using race as the defining theme, Ball spotlights Marshall's genius in working within the legal system to further his lifelong commitment to racial equality. With the help of numerous, previously unpublished sources, Ball presents a lucid account of Marshall's illustrious career and his historic impact on American civil rights.
Subject Marshall, Thurgood, 1908-1993.
United States. Supreme Court -- Biography.
Judges -- United States -- Biography.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History.
ISBN 0517599317 (alk. paper)