In Making Civil Rights Law, Tushnet provides a chronological narrative history of the legal struggle that preceded the political battles for civil rights, in the thirties, forties, and fifties, waged by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund led by Thurgood Marshall. Tushnet brings clarity to the legal reasoning that animated this `Constitutional revolution', showing how the slow development of doctrine and precedent reflected an overall legal strategy of Marshall andthe NAACP.
Others were political: Harry Truman's order desegregating the armed forces, the NAACP's efforts to secure antilynching legislation, Lyndon Johnson's support for a civil rights statute in 1957 to strengthen his chances for the Democratic ...
Author: Mark V. Tushnet
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand