James A. Dombrowski: An American Heretic, 1897-1983

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Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 377 pages
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Dr. Dombowski, former head of Emory's alumni association, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Union Theologica Seminary in New York was a co-founder of Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee, with Myles Horton, and long time executive director of the Southern Conference Educational Fund,a grouping of progressive whites and black southerners, supported by Northern philanthropy, who supported the southern civil rights movement. This excellent book covers the battles of the 30's, the movements during WWII, and the post WWII red scare period, with a highlight being Dombrowski's arrest in New Orleans in the Fall of 1963, along with a number of lawyers, in the city to prepare for the Mississippi Summer Project of1964.
The arrests were ultimately enjoined by a federal court, a unique action ultimately sustained by the U.S. Supreme Court in Dombrowski v. Pfister, a case read by every law student studying Federal Courts. Dombrowski, who had a terrific arthritic conditioin leading to knee replacements held annual visitations at his French Quarter apartment, attended, on my visit, by such diverse talents as the President of Tulane University, Mrs. Clifford Durr, and the CORE lawyer, and father of film-maker and writer Lolis Eli.
Dombrowski was also a talented painter and collector, and the weakest part of the book is the lack of listing of famous painters who donated art to Dombrowski, andanalysis o his own art, which ultmately was donated is my recollection, to a New Orleans Museum. Also, the extensive FBI records remain undiscovered and unarchived for scholarly use, to determine the degree of coordination between Hoover's FBI and local and state totalitarian agencies.
Howard M. Romaine, Attorney, Nashville, TN
 

Contents

Jamie Dombrowsky
6
William John Dombrowsky
8
Airman Dombrowsky
16
Making a Name for Himself
18
The Brotherhood at Emory
21
Dombrowski after Arrest in Elizabethton 3 5
35
Conceiving the Kingdom of God
44
The Reformer as an Artist
57
War Race and Conscience
132
Battles on the Homefront
148
Champion Joe Louis Lends a Hand
161
Warring after the War
163
The Psalmists Dream Is Dashed
178
Dombrowski Leaves Birmingham Jail
199
Separate and Unequally Bad
203
Jim Crow and CocaCola
220

A Gentleman with Extreme Radical Social Views
58
Ethel Clyde on her 85th Birthday
75
Learning from What Was Lived
81
Ellen Krida on Vacation with Dombrowski
98
Growing Acclaim Growing Trouble
104
Union Members Learning Poster Design
118
On the Street Politically Homeless
222
New Hands Helping with an Old Burden
239
A Chilling Effect
262
Dombrowski in the First Police Precinct
264
Dombrowski at Last 28 5
285
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