Title: Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life (V. Ethel Willis...
Publisher: U.S.A.: University of Washington Press
Publication Date: 2008
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
The book and the dust cover are in excellent condition with no marks, tears or writing. The book is a first edition and a first printing with a complete print line. The book is gift inscribed by the author and has 264 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 6428
Synopsis: A finalist for the 2009 Washington State Book Award.
Carl Maxey was, in his own words, 'a guy who started from scratch - black scratch.' He was sent, at age five, to the scandal-ridden Spokane Children's Home and then kicked out at age eleven with the only other "colored" orphan. Yet, Maxey managed to make a national name for himself, first as an NCAA championship boxer, and then as eastern Washington's first black lawyer and renowned civil rights attorney who always fought for the underdog.During the tumultuous civil rights and Vietnam War eras, Carl Maxey fought to break down color barriers in his hometown of Spokane and throughout the nation. He participated in Freedom Summer in Mississippi and made national headlines with lurid murder cases and outrageous war-protest trials, including the tumultuous Seattle Seven trial. He even took his commitment to justice and antiwar causes to the political arena, running for the U.S. Senate against the powerhouse Senator Scoop Jackson. In "Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life", Jim Kershner explores the sources of Maxey's passions as well as the price he ultimately paid for his struggles.The result is a moving portrait of a man called a 'Type-A Gandhi' by the "New York Times" and whose own personal misfortune only spurred his lifelong, tireless crusade against injustice. Jim Kershner is a journalist for "The Spokesman-Review" in Spokane.
From the Publisher: "An essential biography of one city's civil rights hero, wonderfully written and impeccably researched. . . . Carl Maxey was - in Kershner's fine telling - a man whose complicated life transcended its own gripping details to mirror a turbulent time in our recent history, a time when it seemed as if race and justice would forever run on separate tracks." - Jess Walter, author of The Zero
"Jim Kershner's biography of activist Carl Maxey is not only inspirational and informative, but because it is so well written it is also a pleasure to read." - Carlos Schwantes, University of Missouri-St. Louis
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