Law and Mass Politics in the Making of the Civil Rights Lawyer, 1931-1941

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Law and Mass Politics in the Making of the Civil Rights Lawyer, 1931-1941

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dc.contributor.author Mack, Kenneth W.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-04T18:22:33Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Kenneth W. Mack, Law and Mass Politics in the Making of the Civil Rights Lawyer, 1931-1941, 93 J. Am. Hist. 37 (2006). en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1945-2314 0021-8723 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:9687857
dc.description.abstract What was the role of law and lawyers in the civil rights movement? Recent work has emphasized a tension between the legal strategies of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and a commitment to mass movement politics and economic populism. This article takes up that question by examining the everyday lives and litigation performances of depression-era black lawyers affiliated with the NAACP, arguing that the scholarly debate should be reframed through attention to the role of courtroom performances as crucial sites where race and professional identity was made and remade for civil rights lawyers such as Charles Houston, Raymond Pace Alexander, William Hastie, and Thurgood Marshall. Responding to the critics on their left, the lawyers fashioned a new professional identity that melded the NAACP's traditional approaches and concerns with a commitment to mass democratic politics. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Organization of American Historians -- Oxford Journals en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://www.jah.oxfordjournal.org/content/93/1/37.full.pdf en_US
dc.relation.hasversion http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1140962 en_US
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dc.title Law and Mass Politics in the Making of the Civil Rights Lawyer, 1931-1941 en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of American History en_US
dash.depositing.author Mack, Kenneth W.
dash.embargo.until 10000-01-01

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