“Contempt of Court should join the handful of books such as Anthony Lewis’ Gideon’s Trumpet as required reading for anyone who wants to understand how the Constitution protects individual citizens.”–Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In this profound and fascinating book, the authors revisit an overlooked Supreme Court decision that changed forever how justice is carried out in the United States.
In 1906, Ed Johnson was the innocnet black man found guilty of the brutal rape of Nevada Taylor, a white woman, and sentenced to die in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Two black lawyers, not even part of the original defense, appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay of execution, and the stay, incredibly, was granted. Frenzied with rage at the deision, locals responded by lynching Johnson, and what ensued was a breathtaking whirlwind of groundbreaking legal action whose import, Thurgood Marshall would claim, "has never been fully explained." Provocative, thorough, and gripping, Contempt of Court is a long-overdue look at events that clearly depict the peculiar and tenuous relationship between justice and the law.
great read for me. It was resourceful when it came to my paper in school.Published 15 months ago by V. Young
This book was a page turner. It was well written and compiled to be historically accurate. I absolutely recommend it.Published 17 months ago by Jessica M.
Well written about a little known event and important legal episode. Anyone interested in American history would enjoy this book.Published 18 months ago by Gene Gant
I ran across this book reviewed in the Harlan Family news letter otherwise I would probably never have noticed it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Shirley A Suttle
Contempt of Court is the compelling story of a Chattanooga lynching and its national repercussions. In February 1906, an uneducated black man--likely innocent--was convicted of... Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Anson Cassel Mills
I enjoyed the book but thought it was written a bit one sided. Hard to believe that it wasn't that long ago that black people were lynched without recourse or justice.Published on June 5, 2013 by Michael J. Cohen
Terrific read. Another context to constitutional law, state rights, federalism. Easy to read for the busy law student or attorney. Highly recommend!Published on May 15, 2011 by Arlene Joe
"Contempt of Court" is a superbly written account of American social injustice and the courageous attempt to correct the workings of our state and federal courts. Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by Paul Williamson