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The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox free pdf This book is the first of its kind - the personal memoir of a law clerk to a member of the Supreme Court of the United States. John Knox (1907-1997) served as private secretary and law clerk to Justice James C. McReynolds, arguably one of the most disagreeable justices ever to sit on the bench, during the tumultuous year when FDR attempted to "pack the court" with judges who would approve his New Deal agenda. The epitome of the overzealous young man, Knox kept a meticulous daily record of his life and surroundings, a practice he had begun as a lonley high school student and continued through his studies at the University of Chicago, Northwestern, and Harvard. Part scrapbook, part social commentary, and part recollection, his memoir reveals an unprecedented insider's view of the showdown between Roosevelt and the Court. At the same time, it marvellously portrays a Washington culture now long gone, in which most justices worked from their homes, supported by a small staff. This unlikely cast of characters includes Knox, who continually fears for his job under the notoriously rude (and nakedly racist) justice- Harry Parker, the messenger who does "everything but breathe" for the justice- and the maid, Mary Diggs, who with the others plots and schemes around her employer's idiosyncracies to keep the household running. A substantial foreword by Dennis J. Hutchinson and David J. Garrow sets the stage, and a gallery of period photos of Knox, McReynolds and other figures of the time gives life to this remarkable document, which like no other recaptures life in Washington, D.C., when it was still a genteel Southern town.

About John Knox

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.

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Author : John Knox
Publisher : University of Chicago Press
Data Published : 10 June 2002
ISBN : 0226448622
EAN : 9780226448626
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 320 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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