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The Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education is widely considered a seminal point in the battle to end segregation, but it was in fact the culmination of a decades-long legal campaign. Root and Branch is the epic story of the two fiercely dedicated lawyers who led the fight from county courthouses to the marble halls of the Supreme Court, and, in the process, laid the legal foundations of the civil rights movement.
 
Charles Hamilton Houston was the pioneer: After becoming the first African-American on the Harvard Law Review, he transformed the law school at all-black Howard University into a West Point for civil rights advocacy.
 
One of Houston’s students at Howard was a brash young man named Thurgood Marshall. Soon after Marshall’s graduation, Houston and Marshall opened the NAACP’s legal office. The abstemious, proper Houston and the folksy, easygoing Marshall made an unlikely duo, but together they faced down angry Southern mobs, negotiated with presidents and senators, and convinced even racist judges and juries that the Constitution demanded equal justice under law for all American citizens.
 
Houston, tragically, would die before his strategy came to fruition in the Brown suit, but Marshall would argue the case victoriously and go on to become the first African-American Supreme Court justice—always crediting his mentor for teaching him everything he knew. Together, the two advocates changed the course of American history.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessica | 5/20/2013

    " I never thought that a book about historical law could be so fascinating and compelling. Even though I knew the history, reading about it from this perspective made it new to me, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Terry McArdle | 3/19/2013

    " Dramatic, inspiring, heroic. I could not put this down. One caveat: Marshall has been a personal hero for a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dokonkwo | 10/25/2010

    " Go get this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sunny Solomon | 4/2/2010

    " Riveting history of desegregation at its legal beginnings. Moving biography of the friendship between Charlie Houston and Thurgood Marshall, the key legal players in the NAACP's courtroom dramas. Will be reviewing for Clayton Books, Clayton, CA, in-store and online. "

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