An associate justice on the renowned Warren Court whose landmark
ruling in Brown v. Board of Education overturned
racial segregation in schools and other public facilities, Tom C.
Clark was a crusader for justice throughout his long legal career.
Among many tributes Clark received, Supreme Court Chief Justice
Warren Burger opined that "no man in the past thirty years has
contributed more to the improvement of justice than Tom Clark."
Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark is the first
biography of this important American jurist. Written by his
daughter, Mimi Clark Gronlund, and based on interviews with many of
Clark's judicial associates, friends, and family, as well as
archival research, it offers a well-rounded portrait of a lawyer
and judge who dealt with issues that remain in contention
today-civil rights, the rights of the accused, school prayer, and
censorship/pornography, among them. Gronlund explores the factors
in her father's upbringing and education that helped form his
judicial philosophy, then describes how that philosophy shaped his
decisions on key issues and cases, including the internment of
Japanese Americans during World War II, the investigation of war
fraud, the Truman administration's loyalty program (an
anti-communist effort), the Brown decision, Mapp
v. Ohio (protections against unreasonable search and
seizure), and Abington v. Schempp (which overturned a
state law that required reading from the Bible each day in public
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