Young Thurgood: the Making of a Supreme Court Justice
Many regard Thurgood Marshall as the most important lawyer of the twentieth century. He changed the nation’s legal landscape by challenging the system of racial segregation that had relegated millions of Americans to second-class citizenship. He won twenty-nine of thirty-two arguments before the United States Supreme Court, was a federal appeals court judge, served as the Solicitor General of the United States, and, for twenty-four years, sat on the Supreme Court. In Young Thurgood, law professor Larry S. Gibson tells the story of Marshall’s early years, presenting fresh information about his youth and education and tracing his gradual rise to national prominence. Gibson describes Marshall’s key mentors before he went to law school, the special impact of his participation in competitive debating through high school and college, his struggles during the Great Depression to establish a law practice, and his first civil rights cases.
Amherst, New York
Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court
Gibson, Larry S., "Young Thurgood: the Making of a Supreme Court Justice" (2012). Book Gallery. 56.