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James successfully reincarnates the life of Charles Hamilton Houston, who graduated from Amherst College and Harvard Law School (serving as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review) and served in the army during World War I. As dean of the Howard Law School, he modeled the rigor and organization of Harvard Law School and the army to produce top-rated lawyers who committed their careers to overturning Jim Crow laws. One of his students was Thurgood Marshall. The book portrays the partnership of Houston (as legal theorist, strategist, and mentor), Thurgood Marshall (disciple), and Walter White (NAACP chief and financier), and other civil-rights lawyers. They repeatedly went before the U.S. Supreme Court and its affiliates to argue in favor of ending lynching, the poll tax, all-white juries, pay inequality, and unequal educational opportunity for blacks and whites. Younger readers will also learn about the systematic nature of the sacrifices made and the struggle for the U.S. to abide by its luminous promise to ensure safety and provide equal opportunity for all Americans.Very informative, serious, and easy to read.--Sherriff, Mohamed Copyright 2010 Booklist


Book list
From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

James successfully reincarnates the life of Charles Hamilton Houston, who graduated from Amherst College and Harvard Law School (serving as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review) and served in the army during World War I. As dean of the Howard Law School, he modeled the rigor and organization of Harvard Law School and the army to produce top-rated lawyers who committed their careers to overturning Jim Crow laws. One of his students was Thurgood Marshall. The book portrays the partnership of Houston (as legal theorist, strategist, and mentor), Thurgood Marshall (disciple), and Walter White (NAACP chief and financier), and other civil-rights lawyers. They repeatedly went before the U.S. Supreme Court and its affiliates to argue in favor of ending lynching, the poll tax, all-white juries, pay inequality, and unequal educational opportunity for blacks and whites. Younger readers will also learn about the systematic nature of the sacrifices made and the struggle for the U.S. to abide by its luminous promise to ensure safety and provide equal opportunity for all Americans.Very informative, serious, and easy to read.--Sherriff, Mohamed Copyright 2010 Booklist