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Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice

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Thurgood Marshall was the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century. He transformed the nation's legal landscape by challenging the racial segregation that had relegated millions to second-class citizenship. He won twenty-nine of thirty-three cases before the United States Supreme Court, was a federal appeals court judge, served as the US solicitor general, ...more
Hardcover, 413 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Prometheus Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 09, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Wherein I learned I am much closer to Mark Twain than I thought. Bwa ha ha.

Good, loving book about Justice Thurgood Marshall. Good book about Baltimore. I knew, vaguely, that Marshall hailed from Baltimore, but I did not really grok what that means. Baltimore had a thriving African American intellectual and political class when Marshall was growing up. And brutal lynchings of African Americans deemed to have crossed some line all around.

Maryland was a tiny bit better than some of its close sis
Jun 11, 2014 Niccoya rated it liked it
I learned a lot about Thurgood Marshall in this book and appreciate the research conducted by the author. I agree with other reviews about the style of writing resembling that of a history book. I would have liked a more intimate view into Thurgood's family relationships in his adult life. It was almost as if everything post law school in the book focused on Thurgood's relationship with Charles Hamilton Houston. Nonetheless, I don't regret purchasing and reading the book.
Jean Poulos
Aug 02, 2014 Jean Poulos rated it it was amazing
University of Maryland law professor Larry S. Gibson highlights the formative years of the African-American civil rights attorney and Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993). Professor Gibson was the first African-American law professor at the University of Virginia in 1972. Most of the biographers of Marshall covered Marshall’s professional life. Gibson, by contrast, focused solely on the first thirty years of Thurgood life.

Gibson traces Marshall’s family background and academic pa
Apr 03, 2016 Anthony rated it it was amazing
Biography covering detailed accounts of the formative years of Thurgood Marshall before his appointment as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. It covers his childhood, and family life, his education, mentors in his life, and his early years as a lawyer, and his time spent in the trenches of America's legal landscape honing his professional skills, and his advocacy for civil rights. "Isn't it nice that no one cares which twenty-three hours of the day I work?" - Thurgood ...more
Ray Lucas
Sep 26, 2014 Ray Lucas rated it it was amazing
This book really captures the evolution of Justice Marshall, giving a vivid picture of his growth and development in his early years. Being from Baltimore and a graduate from his high school, Frederick Douglass, Gibson's references to Baltimore throughout the book make me feel even more proud of Marshall's significant accomplishments. It also makes me feel at home.
Aug 26, 2013 Valerie rated it liked it
I wasn't very impressed with the style of writing, and some of the back-and-forth listing of events got old. The parts of the book that I valued the most were those that gave me a better view of the racial history of my home state (MD) during the 1930's.
Jun 22, 2013 Katrinka rated it liked it
I was hoping for a more intimate story about Thurgood Marshall's early life; however, the book tells a story sometimes fascinating and sometimes too thick with names and facts to always keep my interest.
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Jan 20, 2013 Kenneth Barber rated it it was amazing
This was a good about the formative years of thurgood Marshall and the influences that shaped his career. I found it very interesting and worth the read.
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