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Showdown “Showdown” is not a standard biography Haygood frames the book through the confirmation fight of Thurgood Marshall The author provides flashbacks to provideinformation of the life of Thurgood Marshall and the various Senators of the Justice Committee The suspense build and build as Marshal faced off against a wolf pack of Southern Senators who were determined to block his nomination to the Supreme Court in July 1967 President Johnson let these white supremacist senators know he would just continue to nominate one black person after another in a showdown with the Dixiecrats.Historically only a handful of Supreme Court nominees had faced much scrutiny from the Senate until the Marshall hearings in 1967, which changed all nominations since then The Chairman of the Judicial Committee was an unabashed white supremacist, Senator James Eastland of Mississippi Eastland’s father lead a lynching of a black man on his cotton plantation and his daughter was crowned Miss Confederacy in 1956 Eastland conducted the hearings with open hostility of Marshall Marshall faced one after the other of the old Southern bulls of the Committee such as Strom Thurmond and Sam Ervin Everett Dirksen, a Republican, led a coalition of Senators to successfully confirm Marshall’s appointment to the Supreme Court.The book is well written and well researched Haygood does a good job avoiding getting mired in legal jargon If you are interested in Civil Rights or the Supreme Court this is a must read for you Reading this book and listening to the current news I am struck that this country has not changed its racial prejudice, until now I had believed we had overcome our racial prejudice and fear of people that have different believes, but current events have proved me wrong I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible Dominic Hoffman did an excellent job narrating the book; his accents were good except for that of Robert and Edward Kennedy. This is a really good look at the confirmation process of Thurgood Marshall Haygood details the players that helped and hindered Marshall's confirmation It was clear that LBJ was Marshall's champion and may have been the sole reason Marshall made it to the high court There were those that did their best to keep Marshall from donning the big black robe Dixiecrat senators McClellan, Ervin, and Thurmond, spearheaded by Senator James Eastland did their best to break down Marshall during the confirmation hearings and show him as unqualified Eastland would postpone the hearings or flat out not show up to go out on a campaign against Marshall across the south LBJ did his own campaigning to make sure the needed votes were there and convince dissenters not to vote Marshall certainly was qualified for the Supreme Court on his own merits, but he needed that push and support from LBJ to become the first African American Solicitor General and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, in an age of segregation and the fight for civil rights.This is one of those books that reads like a novel Very enjoyable Haygood does go off on a few tangents and does not always come full circle after introducing various players in Marshall's life or cases that he might have argued They didn't seem to have a relevance to his actual confirmation, however, the information was interesting. This was a frustrating book Too much of it was either confirmation testimony offered in direct quotes, with the author breaking in every few exchanges to remind us how exciting we should find it, or the kind of all the South was outraged and all AfricanAmericans felt a swell of pride kind of history writing that I find lazy and irritating It does offer an interesting crosssection of where Washington was on race in the 60s, but in a way that seemedgeared toward making legends of real people, rather than trusting their stories to be interesting enough on their own. This one is tough Definitely wanted to read about Marshall and getting his nomination through The author defined my problem with the book in the second line of his Acknowledgements My challenge as a biographer was finding the proper Marshall story that would satisfy my nonlinear narrative hunger While I don't doubt the accuracy of the information or the dedication of the author, I found the nonlinear narrative extremely hard to read I could never tell quite where we were as we jumped back and forth from period to period I had the urge for a pair of scissors and paste so I could reorder most of the book Finally, I just decided to accept it and rearrange the information in my own head I did wonder where his editor was but decided that the editor probably gave up The primary service he rendered was giving us much of the transcript of the hearings The minute word games the opposing Senators played were really only decipherable by another lawyer This was the moment when confirming a nominee went from a serious duty to being a political football This did, as so many recent books have done, show us how dedicateddrivenLBJ was to minorities and the poor Somehow in our antiwar fervor, many of us missed what a remarkable President he was. After the most recent Supreme Court nominating debacle, I needed a feel good story to cleanse the palate as it were Showdown definitely did the trick Lyndon Johnson was a man with plenty of flaws but lack of courage wasn't one of them The book does a good job of showing not just the hearing process but also serves as a biography of Marshall up to the time he joined the Court If you need a liberal pick me up, this is the book for you. Changed? The biography of Justice Marshall moved along fairly well before bogging down 2/3 through Instead of dealing with his victories and landmark decisions, the author chose to focus too much on squabbles leading up to his confirmation 6 of 10 stars The core story of Thurgood Marshall's 1967 nomination to the US Supreme Court, and his confirmation by the US Senate, is not that long So, author Wil Haygood breaks it up with chapterlong digressions to recount the lives of key figures in the drama: Marshall himself, President Lyndon Baines Johnson, racist Senators James Eastland, John McClellan, Sam Ervin, and Strom Thurmond, and others Normally, this kind of structure becomes tedious, but here it works really well, and the confirmation fight becomes a window on the period As a history, much of this book is written from secondary book sources, supplemented with some interviews and cites to some contemporary news articles What the book brings of value is not original research, but an informed synthesis that tells the story well and puts it in context.Haygood makes it clear that the way Southern white power structures fought tooth and nail to derail, delay, or obstruct the appointment of a profoundly qualified black attorney and judge to the Supreme Court was just one component of a much longer effort to defend white supremacy It's particularly striking that while constituents and local officials expressed bluntly racist views, and many of the Senators opposing Marshall's nomination had too previously, in the confirmation hearings, all the lines of attack were about crime, threats to public order, communism, and the role of the court We've made some important progress since this time, but the technique of saying racist things without saying them directly is still frustratingly present in our national politics, and it's illuminating to see how it was practiced by avowed segregationists from the start. I read this after reading The Devil in the Grove and will follow over the next few weeks with several other volumes in which Thurgood Marshall plays a crucial role What a heroic figure, who in some respects fell into the historical context that propelled him into a greatness lesser men might have avoided Passionate, courageous, intellectually forceful, we are better as a people for his service The citations from the Senate transcripts reveal how judicial philosophy could be used to sustain the inequalities of the day I was intrigued by the efforts of the old southern guard to block the nomination by an appeal to arguments that remain current Thank goodness for Marshall and his continuing legacy. Thurgood Marshall brought down the separatebutequal doctrine, integrated schools, and not only fought for human rights and human dignity but also made them impossible to deny in the courts and in the streets In this stunning new biography, awardwinning author Wil Haygood surpasses the emotional impact of his inspiring best seller The Butler to detail the life and career of one of the most transformative legal minds of the past one hundred years Using the framework of the dramatic, contentious fiveday Senate hearing to confirm Marshall as the first AfricanAmerican Supreme Court justice, Haygood creates a provocative and moving look at Marshall’s life as well as the politicians, lawyers, activists, and others who shaped—or desperately tried to stop—the civil rights movement of the twentieth century: President Lyndon Johnson; Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr whose scandals almost cost Marshall the Supreme Court judgeship; Harry and Harriette Moore, the Florida NAACP workers killed by the KKK; Justice J Waties Waring, a racist lawyer from South Carolina, who, after being appointed to the federal court, became such a champion of civil rights that he was forced to flee the South; John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy; Senator Strom Thurmond, the renowned racist from South Carolina, who had a secret black mistress and child; North Carolina senator Sam Ervin, who tried to use his Constitutional expertise to block Marshall’s appointment; Senator James Eastland of Mississippi, the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who stated that segregation was “the law of nature, the law of God”; Arkansas senator John McClellan, who, as a boy, after Teddy Roosevelt invited Booker T Washington to dinner at the White House, wrote a prizewinning school essay proclaiming that Roosevelt had destroyed the integrity of the presidency; and so many others This galvanizing book makes clear that it is impossible to overestimate Thurgood Marshall’s lasting influence on the racial politics of our nation

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