Thurgood Marshall by Mark V. Tushnet
His Speeches, Writings, Arguments, Opinions, and Reminiscences (The Library of Black America series)

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Much has been written about Thurgood Marshall, but this is the first book to collect his own words. Here are briefs he filed as a lawyer, oral arguments for the landmark school desegregation cases, investigative reports on race riots and racism in the Army, speeches and articles outlining the history of civil rights and criticizing the actions of more conservative jurists, Supreme Court opinions now widely cited in Constitutional law, a long and complete oral autobiography, and much more. Marshall’s impact on American race relations was greater than that of anyone else this century, for it was he who ended legal segregation in the United States. His victories as a lawyer for the NAACP broke the color line in housing, transportation, voting, and schools by overturning the long-established “separate-but-equal” doctrine. But Marshall was attentive to all social inequalities: no Supreme Court justice has ever been more consistent in support of freedom of expression, affirmative action, women’s rights, abortion rights, and the right to consensual sex among adults; no justice has ever fought so hard against economic inequality, police brutality, and capital punishment.
 

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Mark V. Tushnet is a professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University Law Center and is the author of Making Civil Rights Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1936-1961 and Making Constitutional Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1961-1991. He lives in Washington, D.C.
 
Published July 1, 2001 by Chicago Review Press. 552 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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He also provides a thorough account of the ideas and arguments of the individual justices who heard Brown , including the decision to reach the much criticized formulation of desegregation at ``all deliberate speed.'' Marshall, observes Tushnet with judicious admiration, ``constructed the job of ...

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Tushnet (Making Constitutional Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1961–1991 ), a constitutional law professor at Georgetown, captures the major facets of Marshall's remarkable career.

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