By Gordon A. Martin Jr.

Forrest County, Mississippi, grew to become a focus of the civil rights stream while, in 1961, the U.S. Justice division filed a lawsuit opposed to its balloting registrar Theron Lynd. whereas thirty percentage of the county's citizens have been black, merely twelve black individuals have been on its vote casting rolls. usa v. Lynd used to be the 1st trial that led to the conviction of a southern registrar for contempt of court docket. The case served as a version for different demanding situations to voter discrimination within the South, and used to be a major effect in shaping the vote casting Rights Act of 1965.Count Them one after the other is a entire account of the groundbreaking case written by means of one of many Justice Department's trial lawyers. Gordon A. Martin, Jr., then a newly-minted attorney, traveled to Hattiesburg from Washington to aid form the federal case opposed to Lynd. He met with and ready the government's 16 black witnesses who have been refused registration, stumbled on white witnesses, and was once one of many attorneys through the trial.Decades later, Martin again to Mississippi and interviewed the still-living witnesses, their teenagers, and associates. Martin intertwines those present reflections with remark in regards to the case itself. the result's an impassioned, cogent fusion of reportage, oral background, and memoir a few trial that essentially reshaped liberty and the South.

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He wears specially-made clothing and special-order shoes. His white short-sleeved sports shirts seem roughly the size of a pup-tent and he fills a king-size chair to overflowing. 3 As it turned out, Lynd was not the only opponent for Cox, but it was Lynd who made it to the runoff with him. He lost that election, but was ready when Luther Cox died three years later, on December 13, 1958. In the best tradition of the time, Mrs. Cox was handed her husband’s job. But she was only willing to serve until a special election was conducted on February 10, 1959.

Johnson knew he could only sell legislation securing the right to vote. Support for a long-sought federal dam at Hells Canyon attracted western votes to a version of the bill southerners would not filibuster, and the bill made it to the Senate calendar. Moving it from the calendar to the floor was the next major hurdle. Intense Senate debate followed, with Part III, the section giving the Justice Department authority to protect a wide range of Fourteenth Amendment rights, under particular attack by Georgia senator Richard Russell.

26 That the Civil Rights Act of 1957 was not a total solution was well recognized. ”28 They were right, but the important principle of civil rights legislation in the twentieth century had been established, and the 1957 act was just the start. ddd So there was a Civil Rights Division, enacted by Congress, approved by the president and proclaimed by the attorney general. Who would head it? Who would staff it? Where would they come from? S. Attorney there before heading the Justice Department’s “intellectual” shop, the Office of Legal Counsel.

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