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The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox: A Year in the Life of a Supreme Court Clerk in FDR's Washingt…

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Titel: The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox: A Year in the Life of a Supreme Court Clerk in FDR's Washington
Autor/en: John Knox

ISBN: 0226448622
EAN: 9780226448626
Sprache: Englisch.
Herausgegeben von Dennis J. Hutchinson, David J. Garrow
UNIV OF CHICAGO PR

Juni 2002 - gebunden - 288 Seiten

"My name will survive as long as man survives, because I am writing the greatest diary that has ever been written. I intend to surpass Pepys as a diarist."When John Frush Knox (1907-1997) wrote these words, he was in the middle of law school, and his attempt at surpassing Pepys--part scrapbook, part social commentary, and part recollection--had already reached 750 pages. His efforts as a chronicler might have landed in a family attic had he not secured an eminent position after graduation as law clerk to Justice James C. McReynolds-arguably one of the most disagreeable justices to sit on the Supreme Court-during the tumultuous year when President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to "pack" the Court with justices who would approve his New Deal agenda. Knox's memoir instead emerges as a record of one of the most fascinating periods in American history."The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox-"-edited by Dennis J. Hutchinson and David J. Garrow--offers a candid, at times naive, insider's view of the showdown between Roosevelt and the Court that took place in 1937. At the same time, it marvelously portrays a Washington culture now long gone. Although the new Supreme Court building had been open for a year by the time Knox joined McReynolds' staff, most of the justices continued to work from their homes, each supported by a small staff. Knox, the epitome of the overzealous and officious young man, after landing what he believes to be a dream position, continually fears for his job under the notoriously rude (and nakedly racist) justice. But he soon develops close relationships with the justice's two black servants: Harry Parker, the messenger who does "everything but breathe" for the justice, and MaryDiggs, the maid and cook. Together, they plot and sidestep around their employer's idiosyncrasies to keep the household running while history is made in the Court.A substantial foreword by Dennis Hutchinson and David Garrow sets the stage, and a gallery of period photos of
Dennis J. Hutchinson is William Rainey Harper Professor in the College and senior lecturer in law at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Man Who Once Was Whizzer White, a New York Times Notable Book. David J. Garrow is Presidential Distinguished Professor at the Emory University School of Law and the author of several books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Bearing the Cross.
"This book has novelistic force, like One L or The Paper Chase. It's about a weird quartet consisting of the author, who is a nice young man, a bit of the obtuse narrator; his boss, McReynolds, a kind of legal Bluebeard; and the two Black servants, who call McReynolds (behind his back of course) 'Pussywillow.' This is literature, rather than just history - the charm is in the telling." - Judge Richard Posner
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