In this biography, Richard A. Rosen and Joseph Mosnier connect the details of Chambers's life to the wider struggle to secure racial equality through the development of modern civil rights law. Tracing his path from a dilapidated black elementary school to counsel's lectern at the Supreme Court and beyond, they reveal Chambers's singular influence on the evolution of federal civil rights law after 1964.
- ISBN-13: 9781469628547
- ISBN-10: 1469628546
- Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
- Publish Date: December 2016
- Page Count: 408
- Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.25 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.61 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-10-24
- Reviewer: Staff
The name Julius Chambers may not be as familiar to most readers as those of Thurgood Marshall or other leading figures in the legal struggle to advance the cause of African-American civil rights, but as Rosen, emeritus professor of law at UNCChapel Hill, and Mosnier, of North Carolina State Universitys Institute for Emerging Issues, show in this first biography of this crusading attorney, he would help change the face of North Carolina and the nation. That Chambers was able to join the legal profession was itself a huge achievement. Born in rural North Carolina in the midst of the Depression, he attended schools that were deficient even by the standards of the Jim Crow South. But the young man was energized by the Supreme Courts 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision opposing segregation, which to him was the signal I could do anything. Chamberss accomplishments include becoming the first African-American editor of a white Southern law review, joining the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and challenging the racial order of deeply segregated Charlotte, N.C. Some readers may find Rosen and Mosniers book excessively long and detailed, but its an excellent resource for understanding how the civil rights struggle played out in less-heralded venues. (Dec.)