Perceptive writings and opinions of a powerful figure in
twentieth-century civil rights legislation Federal Judge Frank M.
Johnson of Alabama decided many of the most important civil rights
and liberties cases in twentieth-century American history. During
the 1950s and sixties, his decisions supported Martin Luther King
Jr. and other civil rights fighters in their struggles for justice
and equality. Johnson extended the Constitutional defense of
individual rights for women, students, prisoners, mental health
patients, poor criminal defendants, and voters during his active
judicial career, which lasted until 1991. This collection assembles
some of Johnson's most thought-provoking and insightful essays,
many published as journal articles that explain and defend a number
of his decisions. Also included in this volume is the first
published transcript of a 1980 public television interview with
Bill Moyers, in which Johnson personally explains his historic
decisions. Meticulously detailed and documented, yet accessible to
a wide range of readers, this book explores the constitutional
ideals that Johnson forged and defended as he persistently overcame
public officials' resistance to constitutional rights and social
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