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The forgotten memoir of John Knox : a year in the life of a Supreme Court clerk in FDR's Washington

Author: John Knox; Dennis J Hutchinson; David J Garrow
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox - edited by Dennis J. Hutchinson and David J. Garrow - offers a candid, at times naive, insider's view of the showdown between Roosevelt and the Court that took place in 1937. At the same time, it marvelously portrays a Washington culture now long gone. Although the new Supreme Court building had been open for a year by the time Knox joined McReynolds' staff, most of the justices
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Knox; John Knox; John (Schreiber) Knox
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Knox; Dennis J Hutchinson; David J Garrow
ISBN: 0226448622 9780226448626 0226448630 9780226448633
OCLC Number: 48711243
Description: xxii, 288 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox.
Responsibility: edited and with a foreword and afterword by Dennis J. Hutchinson and David J. Garrow.
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"The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox - edited by Dennis J. Hutchinson and David J. Garrow - offers a candid, at times naive, insider's view of the showdown between Roosevelt and the Court that took place in 1937. At the same time, it marvelously portrays a Washington culture now long gone. Although the new Supreme Court building had been open for a year by the time Knox joined McReynolds' staff, most of the justices continued to work from their homes, each supported by a small staff. Knox, the epitome of the overzealous and officious young man, after landing what he believes to be a dream position, continually fears for his job under the notoriously rude (and nakedly racist) justice.

But he soon develops close relationships with the justice's two black servants: Harry Parker, the messenger who does "everything but breathe" for the justice, and Mary Diggs, the maid and cook. Together, they plot and sidestep around their employer's idiosyncrasies to keep the household running while history is made in the Court." "A foreword by Dennis Hutchinson and David Garrow sets the stage, and a gallery of period photos of Knox, McReynolds, and other figures of the time gives life to this engaging account, which like no other captures life in Washington, D.C., when it was still a genteel southern town."--BOOK JACKET.

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