By Gordon A. Martin Jr.

Forrest County, Mississippi, grew to become a focus of the civil rights flow whilst, in 1961, the USA Justice division filed a lawsuit opposed to its vote casting registrar Theron Lynd. whereas thirty percentage of the county's citizens have been black, merely twelve black people have been on its balloting rolls. usa v. Lynd used to be the 1st trial that led to the conviction of a southern registrar for contempt of courtroom. The case served as a version for different demanding situations to voter discrimination within the South, and used to be a major impact in shaping the vote casting Rights Act of 1965.Count Them one after the other is a finished account of the groundbreaking case written via one of many Justice Department's trial lawyers. Gordon A. Martin, Jr., then a newly-minted attorney, traveled to Hattiesburg from Washington to aid form the federal case opposed to Lynd. He met with and ready the government's 16 black witnesses who have been refused registration, chanced on white witnesses, and used to be one of many attorneys throughout the trial.Decades later, Martin back to Mississippi and interviewed the still-living witnesses, their little ones, and associates. Martin intertwines those present reflections with statement in regards to the case itself. the result's an impassioned, cogent fusion of reportage, oral heritage, and memoir a few trial that essentially reshaped liberty and the South.

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Robert Owen, a thirty-twoyear-old graduate of Princeton. Princeton, the southernmost of the Ivy League schools, retained a southern presence that Harvard and Yale never had. A son of Mississippi senator John Stennis was just one example. But the dedication of Princetonians Doar and Owen to the cause of civil rights was extraordinary. ”9 But behind the guffaw was resolute tenacity. Bob was a junior varsity football player who stayed with it and made Princeton’s varsity as a senior. He was also president of the Presbyterian Club and a leader of the campaign to make the eating clubs, the heart of Princeton’s social life, open to all of its students.

A new face presented himself to the white electorate. What was Theron Lynd thinking? Why did he want to do it? Ever since high school, Lynd had worked in his father’s business as a wholesale distributor of petroleum products. It seemed like a good job. He had started as a service station operator, then moved to truck delivery salesman and, for twelve years, office and bulk plant manager. Then, in March 1955, Lynd made public on the front page of the Hattiesburg American his puzzling decision to run in the August primary against Luther Cox, the longtime circuit clerk of Forrest County.

The senator was expected to be more lenient with executive branch appointments. Burke Marshall, like John Doar, was part of John Kennedy’s generation. Born in 1922, he was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale College, and Yale Law School. Marshall had joined Covington and Burling, one of Washington’s most noted law firms, upon his graduation from law school. 20 He never really knew why Robert Kennedy selected him to run the Civil Rights Division, though he thought it likely due in part to the recommendations of Deputy Attorney General Byron White or presidential civil rights - 33 - Civil rights and the 1960 Campaign advisor Harris Wofford.

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