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Book Review: Elbert Parr Tuttle - Chief Justice of the Civil Rights Revolution

By Henry W. Asbill

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Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Justice of the Civil Rights Revolution

By Anne Emanuel
University of Georgia Press (2011)
Reviewed by Henry W. Asbill

Six years after the Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education — holding that separate educational systems for blacks are inherently unequal — President Eisenhower in a political compromise appointed Judge Tuttle to the bench. Without his leadership over the next 40 years — before he retired at age 98 — Jim Crow apartheid would likely have remained the real law in the Deep South despite the Brown decision.

Judge Tuttle was often at odds with legislators, governors, registrars and other members of the federal bench in the Fifth Circuit. He launched a head-on assault upon the southern states’ most insidious and effective weapon — delay. To him, “with all deliberate speed” meant now, not months or years later when the issue had become moot and the plaintiff had given up. He knew justice delayed was indeed justice denied. And, he made

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