The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall
Amistad Press, Hardcover, 9780061985188, 412pp.
Publication Date: January 18, 2011
An] important collection .Michael G. Long deserves high praise indeed for unearthing Marshall's letters] and bringing them to light. Wil Haygood
Collected together for the first time in Marshalling Justice, here are selected letters written by one of the most influential and important activists in the American Civil Rights movement: the brilliant legal mind and footsoldier for justice and racial equality, Thurgood Marshall. The correspondences of a rebellious young attorney with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Marshalling Justice paints an eye-opening portrait of Thurgood Marshall before he became the first African American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, during his years as a groundbreaking and vibrant Civil Rights activist in the tradition of Martin Luther King and Julian Bond.
“Thank Michael G. Long for bringing to a wider public . . . [this] well-edited collection of Marshall’s letters.”
-Kenneth J. Cooper, Boston Globe
“The approximately 200 letters and memoranda reproduced here give a comprehensive overview of Marshall’s role in ‘galvanizing the civil rights movement’. . . . Inspiring. . . . A nuanced treatment of a towering figure.”
“[Marshall’s] letters are plenty fascinating. Not to mention heartbreaking. . . . [Long] has done a wonderful job researching and editing and reminding us of how much we owe to all of our forebears, and this one in particular.”
-Louisville Courier Journal
“An inside look at the personality, experiences and business interactions of the man who would become the first black Supreme Court Justice.”
-Sister to Sister
“[E]nlightening. . . . Lawyers will read this book in total awe of Marshall’s accomplishments. It reads like a panoramic, at times kaleidoscopic history of race in America. . . . Long’s collection of Marshall’s record of work is beyond impressive.”
“This selection of letters reveals the depth and breadth of Marshall’s work long before what we consider the start of the Civil Rights Movement.”
“Thoroughly illuminating. . . . These letters offer a welcome and readable inner glimpse into [Marshall’s] work.”
“Marshalling Justice . . . allows us to see more clearly the trail this legendary litigator blazed for civil rights.”
“This important collection of Thurgood Marshall’s letters poignantly shows the constant motion of his legal mind - and heart - as he soldiered so bravely in pursuit of equal justice. Michael G. Long deserves high praise indeed for unearthing and bringing them to light.”
-Wil Haygood, author of King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
“Long has done the world a service. . . . The Marshall letters he has unearthed paint a vivid portrait of an unwavering warrior. . . . Marshalling Justice reminds us of how much can be learned from the collected correspondence of a great man. ”
-Kevin Merida, national editor of the Washington Post and co-author of Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas
“[These] letters vividly illustrate what life was like for African Americans in the mid-twentieth century and what it was like to be the nation’s most important civil rights lawyer. As good a way to get to know Marshall the man and his life as there is.”
-Mark Tushnet, author of Making Civil Rights Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1956-61