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Includes bibliographical references (p. -318) and index.
Introduction : the problem of race and representation -- The idea of the representative Negro -- Racial identity and the marketplace for lawyers -- The role of the courtroom in an era of segregation -- A shifting racial identity in a southern courtroom -- Young Thurgood Marshall joins the brotherhood of the bar -- A woman in a fraternity of lawyers -- Things fall apart -- The strange journey of Loren Miller -- The trials of Pauli Murray -- A lawyer as the face of integration in postwar America -- Conclusion : race and representation in a new century.
Profiles African American lawyers during the era of segregation and the civil rights movement, with an emphasis on the conflicts they felt between their identities as African Americans and their professional identities as lawyers.