408 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 8 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2854-7
Published: December 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2855-4
Published: October 2016
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In this biography, Richard A. Rosen and Joseph Mosnier connect the details of Chambers’s life to the wider struggle to secure racial equality through the development of modern civil rights law. Tracing his path from a dilapidated black elementary school to counsel’s lectern at the Supreme Court and beyond, they reveal Chambers’s singular influence on the evolution of federal civil rights law after 1964.
About the Authors
Richard A. Rosen is professor of law emeritus at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For more information about Richard A. Rosen, visit the Author Page.
Joseph Mosnier earned his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now pursues his interest in social justice in the arena of global public health.
For more information about Joseph Mosnier, visit the Author Page.
"This first biography of Chambers captur[es] his personality, character, and self-effacing determination. . . . Though books on legal topics are hardly known for their readability, this one is an exception. More than a simple biography of a lawyer, this account chronicles an entire law firm and how civil rights are achieved in the real world. Verdict: Essential."--Library Journal, Starred Review
"An excellent resource for understanding how the civil rights struggle played out in less-heralded venues."--Publishers Weekly
"A remarkable story well told. . . . [and] one that anyone interested in North Carolina history, and particularly the struggle for racial equality, should read."--Rob Christensen, The News and Observer
"An enticing and readable biography of Chambers, and history of the law firm he led."--Cliff Bellamy, Durham Herald-Sun
“[This] carefully researched biography dives deep into the prominent litigator’s life and work, highlighting the battles he and his colleagues fought for racial justice both in and out of the courtroom and the impact of those actions on American civil rights. . . . Will inspire anyone who makes it their mission to improve the lives of those around them.”--Chapel Hill Magazine
“This is a terrific book. Telling the story of Chambers and his law firm, Rosen and Mosnier have added a chapter that has long been missing from the history of the North Carolina civil rights movement. Many other historians have touched on aspects of Chambers’s life and work, but no one has ever done it this well, or in such detail.”--Davison M. Douglas, William and Mary Law School