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Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurist of the Civil Rights Revolution (Studies in the Legal History of the South) Hardcover – October 1, 2011
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“[T]hroughout the biography, [Emanuel] produces nugget after nugget of Tuttle's rich, full life. . . . Emanuel is also at her best recounting, in riveting passages, the landmark civil rights cases Tuttle presided over as chief judge of the 5th Circuit during the turbulent 1960s.”—Bill Rankin, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Anne Emanuel admirably describes the career—in war, politics, and law—of a judge who was at the center of enforcing civil rights law in the 1960s. Full of interesting detail, Elbert Parr Tuttle tells us much about how one person’s life can shape the law.”—Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
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She makes no pretense of balance. But it is hard to find fault with this admirable man, and his court acted at a time when the imperatives of American democracy were clear and consensus was broad . He was perhaps the unflashiest leader I have known, but utterly resolute. Emmanuel tells how Tuttle's predecessor as Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit, Richard Rives, ceded his position to Judge Tuttle because he believed Judge Tuttle was the right man to lead the court. Few people would have had the combination of leadership, determination, and moral courage to lead that court through the resistance of hardened segregationists, including some federal judges.
How wonderful to see this in print!