Filling the Void: The Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee and the 1964 Freedom Summer

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Thomas M. Hilbink

Open Society Institute

Date Written: May 1, 1993

Abstract

A history of the formation and work of the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee, an organization created to provide legal assistance to the Civil Rights Movement in 1964. The history relies heavily on interviews with those who formed the organization as well as volunteer lawyers who worked in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida in 1964 and 1965.

The paper was a senior honors thesis in the Department of History at Columbia University, advised by Professor Alan Brinkley.

Keywords: cause lawyering, civil rights history, freedom summer

Suggested Citation

Hilbink, Thomas M., Filling the Void: The Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee and the 1964 Freedom Summer (May 1, 1993). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2416592 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2416592

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