Emancipation: The Making of the Black Lawyer, 1844-1944

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Jan 1, 1999 - Law - 760 pages
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Emancipation The Making of the Black Lawyer, 1844-1944 J. Clay Smith, Jr. Foreword by Justice Thurgood Marshall "A monumental achievement."--"Southern University Law Review" "Emancipation is the first truly comprehensive reference book covering the first one hundred years of African Americans in the legal profession. Other legal historians and biographers must take Smith's work as a starting point for gauging the impact Black lawyers and institutions have had upon the evolution of the American legal profession."--"Black Issues in Higher Education" "The sheer quantity of information contained in Emancipation is overwhelming; the impact of page after page of data, stories and lives, and the thousands of detailed, extensive footnotes and documentation is simply overpowering. It is a monumental achievement."--"Southern University Law Review" "A remarkable piece of scholarship. . . . "Emancipation" contains a wealth of information previously unknown even to those who consider themselves well-informed about African-American history. . . . It will, I am sure, serve as the definitive authority on the history of black lawyers for years to come."--"St. Louis Post-Dispatch" Winner of the W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists ""Emancipation" is an important and impressive work; one cannot read it without being inspired by the legal acumen, creativity, and resiliency these pioneer lawyers displayed. . . . It should be read by everyone interested in understanding the road African-Americans have traveled and the challenges that lie ahead."--From the Foreword, by Justice Thurgood Marshall J. Clay Smith, Jr., is Professor of Law and formerly Dean at the Howard University School of Law. He has served as President of the Washington Bar Association, as National President of the Federal Bar Association, and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter U.S. Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of which he later served as Acting Chairman under President Ronald Reagan. He is the author of "Rebels in Law: Voices in History of Black Women Lawyers" and editor of "Supreme Justice: Speeches and Writings" of Thurgood Marshall. 1993 760 pages 6 x 9 30 illus. ISBN 978-0-8122-1685-1 Paper $36.50s 24.00 World Rights Law, African-American/African Studies, American History
  

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Exhaustive. This is the definitive work in the field.

Contents

Introduction
1
Black Students in White Law Schools and the Black
33
The Genesis of the Black Lawyer
93
The Atlantic States
126
The Southeastern States
191
The Southern States
271
Florida
275
Louisiana
282
Michigan
455
Minnesota
460
Nebraska
464
North Dakota and South Dakota
466
The Pacific States
484
California
485
Colorado
490
Hawaii
492

Mississippi
288
The Southwestern States
321
Kentucky
328
Missouri
331
Tennessee
335
Texas
344
The Northeastern States
369
Indiana
386
New York
391
Ohio
407
The Northwestern States
451
Kansas
494
Montana
502
New Mexico
503
Oklahoma
504
Oregon
511
Washington
516
National White and Black Bar Groups and the State
541
The First Black Lawyers 18441944
611
Bibliography
639
Table of Cases
663
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J. Clay Smith, Jr., is Professor of Law and formerly Dean at the Howard University School of Law. He has served as President of the Washington Bar Association, as National President of the Federal Bar Association, and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter U.S. Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of which he later served as Acting Chairman under President Ronald Reagan. He is the author of Rebels in Law: Voices in History of Black Women Lawyers and editor of Supreme Justice: Speeches and Writings of Thurgood Marshall.

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