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Equal justice under law : an autobiography

Author: Constance Baker Motley
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Constance Baker joined Thurgood Marshall's legal team at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in 1945 while still a student at Columbia Law School, at a time when women lawyers were uncommon. She was chief counsel for James Meredith in his legal battle to be the first black to attend the University of Mississippi; she argued ten cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and represented other leading civil rights
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Constance Baker Motley
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Constance Baker Motley
ISBN: 0374148651 9780374148652
OCLC Number: 38590021
Description: vi, 282 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: New Haven, 1921-41 --
College and law school, 1941-46 --
The prelude to Brown --
Plessy v. Ferguson: our nineteenth-century legacy --
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas: our twentieth-century legacy --
Massive resistance and the immediate post-Brown era --
Desegregation and the rise of the federal judiciary --
The end of an era and the beginning of another --
James Meredith and the University of Mississippi --
Supreme Court years, 1961-65 --
A new career --
The Supreme Court and affirmative action.
Responsibility: Constance Baker Motley.

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Constance Baker joined Thurgood Marshall's legal team at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in 1945 while still a student at Columbia Law School, at a time when women lawyers were uncommon. She was chief counsel for James Meredith in his legal battle to be the first black to attend the University of Mississippi; she argued ten cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and represented other leading civil rights figures, including Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1966, she was the first black woman appointed to the federal bench, over a firestorm of opposition.

Equal Justice Under Law, the most detailed account to date of the legal conflicts of the civil rights movement, is also an account of Constance Baker Motley's struggle, as a black woman, to succeed; it is a moving recollection of a life lived with great courage and responsibility.

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