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    Father, Son, and Constitution: How Justice Tom Clark and Attorney General Ramsey Clark Shaped American Democracy

    ISBN-10: 070061916X
    ISBN-13: 9780700619160
    Author(s): Alexander Wohl
    Description: When Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark resigned his seat on the bench at the youthful age of 67 after 18 years, his decision was unique in the annals of Court history: he was leaving so that his son Ramsey, just nominated as Attorney General, could  More...
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    Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas
    Binding: Cloth Text 
    Pages: 448
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
    Weight: 2.178
    Language: English

    When Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark resigned his seat on the bench at the youthful age of 67 after 18 years, his decision was unique in the annals of Court history: he was leaving so that his son Ramsey, just nominated as Attorney General, could assume the job Clark himself had once held without conflict of interest. As Alexander Wohl shows, Tom and Ramsey Clark had a profound impact on American law and society. For nearly three quarters of a century, they influenced presidents, policies, and legal rulings, during careers that tracked closely with some of the most significant and controversial episodes in modern American history. Highlighting their consistent effort to balance individual liberties with government power, Wohl examines how their work reflected the tensions that continue to resonate in today's legal and policy battles. The two men, however, evolved quite differently. As a young government lawyer, Tom Clark was a key figure in enforcing the relocation of Japanese Americans, and as Attorney General he was vilified by civil liberties advocates for the Cold War policies he implemented, even as he promoted a progressive strategy on civil rights. Ramsey began his career to the ideological left of his father, was intimately involved in enforcement of civil rights laws during the turbulent 1960s, as Attorney General fought to expand protections of individual rights, and as a private attorney represented clients on the farthest reaches of the individual rights-government power spectrum. A unique approach for understanding our nation's history during the second half of the twentieth-century, Wohl's study addresses such salient issues as civil rights, free speech, government surveillance and rights of privacy, presidential power, and the role of judges in interpreting the Constitution. The Clarks' lives and careers also offer a veritable who's who of 20th-century American law and policy: from Tom's close relationships with Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Sam Rayburn, and Earl Warren, to Ramsey's connections with Robert Kennedy, LBJ, and Martin Luther King Jr. Both men befriended and battled J. Edgar Hoover and both were targets of political attack-twenty years apart-by Richard Nixon. At its fundamental core, however, Wohl's book presents a moving and intimate portrait of a unique father-son relationship that endured through triumph and tribulation and that should appeal to anyone interested in how the personal and the political intertwine in a highly public setting.

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    Beginnings
    Finding Justice
    The Japanese Interment
    Friends in High Places
    Rising to the Top: Becoming Attorney General
    Attorney General Clark, President Truman, and the Push for Civil Rights
    Cold War Attorney General
    The Vinson Court
    Evolving Justice: The Warren Court
    Ramsey's Rise
    Ramsey Clark and the Civil Rights Revolution
    Assuming the Mantle, Fulfilling the Dream
    Violence in the Nation, Justice in the Courts
    Attorney General Ramsey Clark
    Civil Rights, Uncivil Disorders
    Next Steps and Continuing Battles
    The Clarks as a Reflection of America's Conflicting Views on Law and Justice
    Notes
    Selected Bibliography
    Index

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