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Thurgood Marshall: Legal Strategist for the Civil Rights Movement

AFRICAN AMERICANS AND CIVIL RIGHTS: A REAPPRAISAL, Associated Publishers, 1997

15 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2009  

F. Michael Higginbotham

University of Baltimore - School of Law

José F. Anderson

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: 1997

Abstract

This brief article covers the career of attorney and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, covering his early days as an attorney working for the NAACP, up to his career on the nation's highest court. Of particular interest are the hardships of his early days as a lawyer, as one of only 32 African American lawyers in Maryland in 1935. The key cases during his career are touched upon, along with the legal strategies used to further the cause of civil rights.

Keywords: Thurgood Marshall, civil rights movement, Supreme Court, civil rights litigation, NAACP, separate but equal doctrine, jim crow laws, African Americans, racism, Charles Hamilton Houston, Margold Strategy, University of Maryland

JEL Classification: K39, K49, J71, J78, L84

Suggested Citation

Higginbotham, F. Michael and Anderson, José F., Thurgood Marshall: Legal Strategist for the Civil Rights Movement (1997). AFRICAN AMERICANS AND CIVIL RIGHTS: A REAPPRAISAL, Associated Publishers, 1997. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1507824 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1507824

F. Michael Higginbotham (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

Jose F. Anderson

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

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