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Voices of civil rights lawyers : reflections from the deep South, 1964-1980

Author: Kent Spriggs; Marian Wright Edelman
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©2017 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Civil rights lawyers were handmaidens of change who worked in the back rooms during twentieth-century America's era of profound social upheaval. Kent Spriggs, a noted lawyer of the period, gathers stories of legal maneuvers and memories of racial injustices from 26 voices--white and black, male and female, Northern-born, and Southern-born--many of whom share their own defining moments as civil rights lawyers. This  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic book
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2017005522
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kent Spriggs; Marian Wright Edelman
ISBN: 9780813052793 0813052793 9780813059693 0813059690
OCLC Number: 987979586
Description: 1 online resource (unpaged) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction --
How civil rights lawyers emerged --
Children of the South / Fred Gray --
The making of a lawyer / Barbara Phillips --
How I became a civil rights lawyer / Jack Drake --
From Gardendale, Alabama / Laughlin McDonald --
Growing up in Winnsboro, South Carolina / Larry Menefee --
Growing up in Bama --
Children of the north / Armand Derfner --
Growing up in the shadow of the holocaust / John C. Brittain --
Growing up on the Gold Coast / David Lipman --
Race consciousness / Mac Farmer --
Why did I go? / Kent Spriggs --
Growing up in Washington, D.C. --
The context of civil rights litigation --
Big events / Fred Gray --
Selma once more: the 1965 Selma March / Larry Aschenbrenner --
The first damages judgment against the KKK / Larry Aschenbrenner and Armand Derfner --
Democratic convention in Chicago: white Mississippi delegation barred / Reber Boult --
Senator McClellan seeks to prove SNCC is communist / Armand Derfner --
Miscegenation comes to Mississippi / Norm Siegel --
The full court press for voting rights in Alabama / Larry Aschenbrenner --
Mississippi seeks to ban the civil rights lawyers --
The tenor of the times / Larry Aschenbrenner --
Mass meetings, demonstrations, and boycotts / Barbara Lipman --
Being married to a civil rights lawyer / Jim Lewis --
From civil rights worker to civil rights lawyer / Dennis Roberts --
B. King, iconic civil rights lawyer / Bill Ferguson --
Seeking justice for a blind black man in front of Judge Cox / Kent Spriggs --
"Summer vacation" in Mississippi / Larry Aschenbrenner --
Get a bullet in your car at the law library / Henry Aronson --
The politics of civil rights lawyering / Kent Spriggs --
The Rev. C.K. Steele and racism in Tallahassee / Elliott C. Lichtman --
Mississippi notes / Armand Derfner --
Opening up the closed society --
Arrests of lawyers (and other "minor indignities") / John C. Brittain --
Arrests while practicing law in Mississippi / Armand Derfner --
Doing a little time in Holly Springs / Mac Farmer --
Elements of procedure I missed at Harvard Law School / Kent Spriggs --
Arrests, a beating, and a moment of weakness / Richard Sobol --
Arrested by Leander Perez Sr. / Henry Aronson --
Getting punched by Sheriff Clark and other misadventures / David Lipman --
Get a rifle barrel in the mouth for monitoring an election in Belzoni / Constance Slaughter-Harvey --
A very bad morning in Rankin County --
Modes of law practice / Fred Banks --
538{1/2}: the Legal Defense Fund office in Mississippi / Richard Sobol --
Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee in Louisiana / Mac Farmer --
Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee in Mississippi / Armand Derfner --
It changed my life: lawyers constitutional rights committee in Mississippi / Larry Aschenbrenner --
The formation of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law / Larry Menefee --
Private practice in Alabama / Jack Drake --
Nonprofit and private practice in Alabama --
Basic legal rights --
Access to justice / Armand Derfner --
The friendly judicial climate --
Voting rights and political representation / Richard Sobol --
Voting shenanigans in Madison Parish / Fred Banks --
Rights lawyers emerge into politics / Laughlin McDonald --
Voting rights in Edgefield County / Larry Menefee --
Challenging at-large elections / Larry Aschenbrenner --
Mississippi pushes back against the Voting Rights Act / David Lipman --
Voting in LeFlore County --
Public accommodations / Solomon Seay --
Solomon Seay seeks public accommodation / Don Marmaduke --
Desegregating the Neshoba County courthouse / Richard Tuttle --
Integrating the Fox Theatre / Richard Sobol --
Trying to get service at Bill's Highway 80 24-hour Truck Stop / Larry Aschenbrenner --
Integrating the Admiral Benbow Inn swimming pool / Henry Aronson --
Desegregating the Parliament House Hotel --
School desegregation and municipal equalization / John Maxey --
Ulysses S. Grant's legacy / David Lipman --
School desegregation and municipal equalization / Fred Banks --
The Legal Defense Fund's massive effort / Kent Spriggs --
Desegregating schools in northern Mississippi --
Employment discrimination / Richard Sobol --
Crown Zellerbach becomes the standard / Kent Spriggs --
The perfectly segregated plant in the perfectly segregated town / Kent Spriggs --
Monsanto: fair employment comes to a megaplant --
How the civil rights movement and litigation advanced other movements for social justice --
Constitutional race-based litigation and the friendly judicial climate lead to other areas of constitutional litigation / Jack Drake --
The constitution comes to the state residential hospitals / David Lipman --
The rule of law comes to infamous Parchman Prison --
How the civil rights movement and litigation informed other movements for social justice / Barbara Phillips --
The legacy of other social justice movements / Mac Farmer --
Rights in Mississippi informs LGBT concerns --
Framing the contemporary dialogue of race / Barbara Phillips --
The Trojan horse called "diversity" / Larry Menefee --
White supremacy lives --
Responsibility: edited by Kent Spriggs ; foreword by Marian Wright Edelman.


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