Being a Baltimore native I thought I was pretty familiar with this portion of history especially since it dealt with Thrugood Marshall, one of our local heroes. Not the best for that purpose, but a very interesting history of the fight for true racial equality in the courts before the broader civil rights movement even picked up steam. by Steven D. Jamar. To see what your friends thought of this book, Root and Branch: Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, and the Struggle to End Segregation, An uninformed reader would think this is a book strictly about, I was the winner of this particular title from the first reads section of this site. Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an American lawyer and civil rights activist who served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991. We’d love your help. There would have not been a successful Civil Rights Movement without the earlier sacrifices of these men who judiciously fought for equality during America's darkest years. Product Information "A classic. Interested in the legal history of the Civil Rights Movement and don't have time to read a ton of books? "—Derrick A. Later, Houston and Marshall traveled through the South, often at great personal risk, chipping away, case by case, at the legal foundations of racial oppression. The story of the lives of Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall was interesting, espcially when their lives intersected. I'm glad I picked up this book in an unlikely store, the dollar store. That year, 1950, was also a pivotal year for other reasons: Charles Hamilton Houston, who had built the first and only cadre of civil rights lawyers in the country, died. Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Nominee for Nonfiction (2011), Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Finalists/Nominees, Adam Grant Wants You to Rethink What (You Think) You Know. Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall should both be studied by all who are interested in justice and the law. Original Title. Admitted to the Bar of Washington, … but they were the closest of allies in the fight for legal equality. IndieBound. The Civil Rights Movement, for all its passion and conflict, did not just spring from the soles of Rosa Parks’ tired feet one day when she decided she’d had enough and would not relinquish her seat on a Montgomery bus. . Better World Books. Charles Hamilton Houston laid the groundwork, reinventing the law school at Howard University (where he taught a young, brash Thurgood Marshall) and becoming special counsel to the NAACP. Together, the two advocates changed the course of American history. Then check this out! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Brown v Board is such a foundational principle of today’s law, it’s startling to think how new it is and how perilous its creation was. All of us, regardless of race, owe those involved in that struggle, a great deal. I love the idea of a tandem biography, and the author couldn't have picked a better duo to do so with - Thurgood and "Charlie" were like fire and water, Bellichek and Brady, oil and vinegar (get it, yet?) Needless to say, that did not amount to much and I being in my 20's I am of the age that has a hard time comprehending that the events in these books were so recent. This is a very helpful history of the legal side of this country's civil rights movement, especially as it was conducted by Charles Houston and Thurgood Marshall. There would have not been a successful Civil Rights Movement without the earlier sacrifices of these men who judiciously fought for equality during America's darkest years. Being a Baltimore native I thought I was pretty familiar with this portion of history especially since it dealt with Thrugood Marshall, one of our local heroes. Keith owed his rise as a civil rights champion to Howard University Law School, a civil rights educational center led by Charles Hamilton Houston, the … Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall are names every African American should know. Lawyers as heroes is a soft spot for me. If one is interested in the fight against Racism and Segregation then Rawn James, Jr's. Reviewed by Warner Lawson, Jr. Charles Hamilton Houston laid the groundwork, reinventing the law school at Howard University (where he taught a young, brash Thurgood Marshall) and becoming special counsel to the NAACP. This book could easily have been five stars because the subject matter and insights are fascinating. Houston as an Army officer during World War I. Interested in the legal history of the Civil Rights Movement and don't have time to read a ton of books? Then check this out! His importance became more broadly known through the success of Thurgood Marshall and after the 1983 publication of Genna Rae McNeil’s Groundwork: Charles Hamilton Houston and the Struggle for Civil Rights. Charles Hamilton Houston conceived of and led the legal strategy leading to the end of legalized racial segregation in the United States. One of Houston's students at Howard was a brash young man named Thurgood Marshall. He earned the title "The Man Who Killed Jim Crow". Received my copy 1/14/10. The riveting story of the two crusading lawyers who led the legal battle to end segregation, one case and one courtroom at a time. Came across this book in my search for a bio or something similar on Thurgood Marshall. (The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute S… One of Houston’s students at Howard was a brash young man named Thurgood Marshall. Speaking with Adam Grant feels like having your brain sandblasted, in a pleasant sort of way. I have certainly seen my share of racism in my life, but can not fathom a time where there could be such rampant discrimination(although that rabbit trail is not worth fo. The Civil Rights Movement, for all its passion and conflict, did not just spring from the soles of Rosa Parks’ tired feet one day when she decided she’d had enough and would not relinquish her seat on a Montgomery bus. Apparently, my high school educators have omitted most of our black history with a summarization of civil rights; crediting its success to people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. Start by marking “Root and Branch: Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, and the Struggle to End Segregation” as Want to Read: Error rating book. However, the knowledge which will be obtained throughout this journey is worth making it to the end. Truly a gift to learn about both men. . . Welcome back. Groundwork: Charles Hamilton Houston and the Struggle for Civil Rights. The account alternates between Thrugood and his Mentor as their lives come together and how they work toward the common goal of equal rights. Due to the success of his and Houston's history changing efforts, our society can look back, not least through this biography, and, despite any other political differences, esteem them with great admiration for their work that freed millions of people from America's disgraceful Jim Crow legacy. Like all turning point history, Brown v. Board of Education was far more complicated than one case--this legal history outlines the 25 year path from Charles Hamilton Houston's reorganization of the Howard Law School as a boot camp for civil rights lawyers, and the evolving strategy of insisting on state fulfilling separate but equal in Murray v. Maryland, inclusion of African Americans on juries in Hale v. Kentucky, eroded real estate covenants in Shelley, integrated graduate schools in Sipuel. Refresh and try again. He and those he taught and mentored laid the legal groundwork through thought and action that ultimately led to 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. This study seeks to examine the life and work of Charles Hamilton Houston and the scope of this project will focus on the implementation and organization of the proposed plan in three ways: philosophical ideas, constructive engagement, and lasting contributions of this legal scholar activist. Tuesday - Sunday: 2PM - 6PM, It's Complicated--Contact us for more info, Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor, Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights. Life without Parole: America's New Death Penalty? Rawn James’ “Root and Branch” is an interesting deep dive into the pre-Brown v. 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