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Title Understanding Clarence Thomas
Author Ralph A. Rossum
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2014
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 295
ISBN 0700619488
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The first thorough, well-documented, and fair-minded evaluation of Justice Thomas's 500 written opinions during 25 years on the Supreme Court, and, the most complete examination of his consistent original general meaning approach to constitutional interpretation.

Title The Enigma of Clarence Thomas
Author Corey Robin
Publisher Metropolitan Books
Release Date 2019-09-24
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781627793841
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Enigma of Clarence Thomas is a groundbreaking revisionist take on the Supreme Court justice everyone knows about but no one knows. Most people can tell you two things about Clarence Thomas: Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment, and he almost never speaks from the bench. Here are some things they don’t know: Thomas is a black nationalist. In college he memorized the speeches of Malcolm X. He believes white people are incurably racist. In the first examination of its kind, Corey Robin – one of the foremost analysts of the right – delves deeply into both Thomas’s biography and his jurisprudence, masterfully reading his Supreme Court opinions against the backdrop of his autobiographical and political writings and speeches. The hidden source of Thomas’s conservative views, Robin shows, is a profound skepticism that racism can be overcome. Thomas is convinced that any government action on behalf of African-Americans will be tainted by racism; the most African-Americans can hope for is that white people will get out of their way. There’s a reason, Robin concludes, why liberals often complain that Thomas doesn’t speak but seldom pay attention when he does. Were they to listen, they’d hear a racial pessimism that often sounds similar to their own. Cutting across the ideological spectrum, this unacknowledged consensus about the impossibility of progress is key to understanding today’s political stalemate.

Title Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution
Author Myron Magnet
Publisher Encounter Books
Release Date 2019-05-07
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 168
ISBN 9781641770538
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When Clarence Thomas joined the Supreme Court in 1991, he found with dismay that it was interpreting a very different Constitution from the one the framers had written—the one that had established a federal government manned by the people’s own elected representatives, charged with protecting citizens’ inborn rights while leaving them free to work out their individual happiness themselves, in their families, communities, and states. He found that his predecessors on the Court were complicit in the first step of this transformation, when in the 1870s they defanged the Civil War amendments intended to give full citizenship to his fellow black Americans. In the next generation, Woodrow Wilson, dismissing the framers and their work as obsolete, set out to replace laws made by the people’s representatives with rules made by highly educated, modern, supposedly nonpartisan “experts,” an idea Franklin Roosevelt supersized in the New Deal agencies that he acknowledged had no constitutional warrant. Then, under Chief Justice Earl Warren in the 1950s and 1960s, the Nine set about realizing Wilson’s dream of a Supreme Court sitting as a permanent constitutional convention, conjuring up laws out of smoke and mirrors and justifying them as expressions of the spirit of the age. But Thomas, who joined the Court after eight years running one of the myriad administrative agencies that the Great Society had piled on top of FDR’s batch, had deep misgivings about the new governmental order. He shared the framers’ vision of free, self-governing citizens forging their own fate. And from his own experience growing up in segregated Savannah, flirting with and rejecting black radicalism at college, and running an agency that supposedly advanced equality, he doubted that unelected experts and justices really did understand the moral arc of the universe better than the people themselves, or that the rules and rulings they issued made lives better rather than worse. So in the hundreds of opinions he has written in more than a quarter century on the Court—the most important of them explained in these pages in clear, non-lawyerly language—he has questioned the constitutional underpinnings of the new order and tried to restore the limited, self-governing original one, as more legitimate, more just, and more free than the one that grew up in its stead. The Court now seems set to move down the trail he blazed. A free, self-governing nation needs independent-minded, self-reliant citizens, and Thomas’s biography, vividly recounted here, produced just the kind of character that the founders assumed would always mark Americans. America’s future depends on the power of its culture and institutions to form ever more citizens of this stamp.

My Grandfather S Son by Clarence Thomas

Title My Grandfather s Son
Author Clarence Thomas
Publisher Harper Collins
Release Date 2008-10-14
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780060565565
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Provocative, inspiring, and unflinchingly honest, My Grandfather's Son is the story of one of America's most remarkable and controversial leaders, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, told in his own words. Thomas speaks out, revealing the pieces of his life he holds dear, detailing the suffering and injustices he has overcome, including the acrimonious and polarizing Senate hearing involving a former aide, Anita Hill, and the depression and despair it created in his own life and the lives of those closest to him. In this candid and deeply moving memoir, a quintessential American tale of hardship and grit, Clarence Thomas recounts his astonishing journey for the first time.

Strange Justice by Jane Mayer

Title Strange Justice
Author Jane Mayer
Publisher Graymalkin Media
Release Date 2018-05-09
Category Law
Total Pages 358
ISBN 9781631681639
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Now a New York Times Best Seller and a National Book Award finalist. Charged with racial, sexual, and political overtones, the confirmation of Clarence Thomas as a Supreme Court justice was one of the most divisive spectacles the country has ever seen. Anita Hill’s accusation of sexual harassment by Thomas, and the attacks on her that were part of his high-placed supporters’ rebuttal, both shocked the nation and split it into two camps. One believed Hill was lying, the other believed that the man who ultimately took his place on the Supreme Court had committed perjury. In this brilliant, often shocking book, Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson, two of the nation’s top investigative journalists examine all aspects of this controversial case. They interview witnesses that the Judiciary Committee chose not to call, and present documents never before made public. They detail the personal and professional pasts of both Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill and lay bare a campaign of lobbying, public relations, and character assassination fueled by conservative power at its most desperate. A gripping high-stakes drama, Strange Justice is not only a definitive account of the Clarence Thomas nomination hearings, but is also a classic casebook of how the Washington game is played by those for whom winning is everything.

Title The Supreme Court Opinions of Clarence Thomas 1991 2011 2d ed
Author Henry Mark Holzer
Publisher McFarland
Release Date 2012-01-09
Category Social Science
Total Pages 236
ISBN 9780786489756
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In his twenty terms as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Clarence Thomas has written nearly 450 opinions. Although they are readily available to the American people, much of the public continues to base its view of Thomas merely on the reporting by the media. This analysis of Thomas’s most important majority, concurring, and dissenting opinions offers laypersons and legal professionals alike the opportunity to understand in his own words Thomas’s approach to constitutional decision-making and his understanding of the most important provisions of the Constitution. Thomas’s opinions, this work shows, reveal his consistent adherence to the core principles of federalism, separation of powers, and restrained judicial review, and to the regard for individual rights and limited government embodied by the Founders in the Constitution.

Supreme Discomfort by Kevin Merida

Title Supreme Discomfort
Author Kevin Merida
Publisher Broadway Books
Release Date 2007-04-24
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780385520065
Language English, Spanish, and French
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There is no more powerful, detested, misunderstood African American in our public life than Clarence Thomas. Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas is a haunting portrait of an isolated and complex man, savagely reviled by much of the black community, not entirely comfortable in white society, internally wounded by his passage from a broken family and rural poverty in Georgia, to elite educational institutions, to the pinnacle of judicial power. His staunchly conservative positions on crime, abortion, and, especially, affirmative action have exposed him to charges of heartlessness and hypocrisy, in that he is himself the product of a broken home who manifestly benefited from racially conscious admissions policies. Supreme Discomfort is a superbly researched and reported work that features testimony from friends and foes alike who have never spoken in public about Thomas before—including a candid conversation with his fellow justice and ideological ally, Antonin Scalia. It offers a long-overdue window into a man who straddles two different worlds and is uneasy in both—and whose divided personality and conservative political philosophy will deeply influence American life for years to come.

First Principles by Scott Douglas Gerber

Title First Principles
Author Scott Douglas Gerber
Publisher NYU Press
Release Date 1999
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 281
ISBN 9780814731000
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Clarence Thomas is one of the most vilified public figures of our day. Time magazine has called him "Uncle Tom Justice" and famed columnist Nat Hentoff accuses him of "having done more damage, more quickly, than any Supreme Court justice in history." What is perhaps most remarkable about Justice Thomas's Supreme Court tenure to date is that, despite the fact that he will be influencing American law for generations to come, his legal philosophy has received only cursory treatment. Scott Douglas Gerber seeks to remedy this state of affairs by casting aside facile, visceral assessments of Thomas - from both the left and the right. Gerber takes on the formidable task of providing a portrait of Thomas based not on the justice's caricatured reputation but on his judicial opinions and votes, his scholarly writings, and his public speeches.

Clarence Thomas by Andrew Peyton Thomas

Title Clarence Thomas
Author Andrew Peyton Thomas
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2001
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 661
ISBN UOM:39015053174721
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Presents a biography of the Supreme Court justice covering such topics as his childhood, the history of his family, his education, and his Supreme Court career.

Real Anita Hill by David Brock

Title Real Anita Hill
Author David Brock
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 1994-03-07
Category History
Total Pages 472
ISBN 9780029046562
Language English, Spanish, and French
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More than a year and a half after the dramatic confrontation between Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, opinions remain sharply divided on which one was telling the truth, and on the episode's significance and meaning for American society. Opinion polls conducted on the first anniversary of the hearings showed that public sentiment in Thomas' favor had weakened, while Anita Hill has become a national celebrity, a heroine credited with putting sexual harassment on the national agenda and thus a symbol of the feminist and civil rights movements who is said to have inspired a political "year of the woman."

Title Clarence Thomas confronting the Future
Author Andrew Peyton Thomas
Publisher Gateway Books
Release Date 1992
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 154
ISBN UOM:39015021552420
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A collection of speeches by the second Black appointed to the Supreme Court

Title Clarence Thomas and the Tough Love Crowd
Author Ronald Suresh Roberts
Publisher NYU Press
Release Date 1996-10
Category Political Science
Total Pages 236
ISBN 9780814774816
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Assessing the influence of Clarence Thomas, Stephen Carter, Shelby Steele, V. S. Naipaul, Thomas Sowell, and others, a critical analysis of the black neoconservative movement discusses its powerful political voice and challenges its ethnicity, honesty, and political affiliations. UP.

Original Sin by Samuel A. Marcosson

Title Original Sin
Author Samuel A. Marcosson
Publisher NYU Press
Release Date 2002-06-17
Category Law
Total Pages 218
ISBN 9780814756409
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Original Sin brings a rigorous review of the performance of the "new originalists" to the debate, applying their methodology to real cases. Marcosson focuses on the judicial decisions of Clarence Thomas, an avowed originalist who nevertheless advocates "color blind" readings of the Constitution which are at odds with the framers' ideas concerning anti-miscegenation and other laws.

Title Race ing Justice En gendering Power
Author Homi K. Bhabha
Publisher Pantheon
Release Date 1992
Category Political Science
Total Pages 475
ISBN 9780679741459
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Eighteen essays by prominent scholars reflect on the cultural, historical, political, personal, legal, sexual, and linguistic implications of the Thomas hearings and Hill's accusations

Title Speaking Truth to Power
Author Anita Hill
Publisher Anchor
Release Date 2011-03-16
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 384
ISBN 0307779661
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Twent-six years before the #metoo movement, Anita Hill sparked a national conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace when she testified against Clarence Thomas. After her astonishing testimony in the Clarence Thomas hearings, Anita Hill ceased to be a private citizen and became a public figure at the white-hot center of an intense national debate on how men and women relate to each other in the workplace. That debate led to ground-breaking court decisions and major shifts in corporate policies that have had a profound effect on our lives--and on Anita Hill's life. Now, with remarkable insight and total candor, Anita Hill reflects on events before, during, and after the hearings, offering for the first time a complete account that sheds startling new light on this watershed event. Only after reading her moving recollection of her childhood on her family's Oklahoma farm can we fully appreciate the values that enabled her to withstand the harsh scrutiny she endured during the hearings and for years afterward. Only after reading her detailed narrative of the Senate Judiciary proceedings do we reach a new understanding of how Washington--and the media--rush to judgment. And only after discovering the personal toll of this wrenching ordeal, and how Hill copes, do we gain new respect for this extraordinary woman. Here is a vitally important work that allows us to understand why Anita Hill did what she did, and thereby brings resolution to one of the most controversial episodes in our nation's history.

Resurrection by John C. Danforth

Title Resurrection
Author John C. Danforth
Publisher Viking Adult
Release Date 1994
Category Law
Total Pages 225
ISBN 0670860220
Language English, Spanish, and French
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About the reinstatement of Clarence Thomas as a Supreme Court judge in the United States, following his acquittal in a sexual harassment case.

Title The American Dream in Black and White
Author Jane Flax
Publisher Cornell University Press
Release Date 2018-10-18
Category History
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9781501724107
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"This is not... the nomination of a justice of the peace to some small county in some small state. This involves the very integrity and fabric of our country."—Senator Orrin G. Hatch The transcripts of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Clarence Thomas are extraordinarily rich and suggestive. Much has been written about the hearings, but until now, no one has paid close attention to the actual language of the participants. Revisiting the words of Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, Jane Flax asks what we would learn about American politics if these hearings were, literally, our only text. Orrin Hatch's assertion was, indeed, perhaps more insightful than he realized. How does our legal and judicial system operate in the face of sexual issues? Can it ever transcend race and gender? Who was the real victim in these hearings—Hill, Thomas, the Senate, or the viewing public? Who in America has the power to make political meaning? Rather than attempting to establish fact or truth, The American Dream in Black and White looks at the political narrative by which our nation makes sense of itself. The senators' own anxieties about their publicly televised role were evident throughout these hearings. Given our conviction that we are a nation built on freedom and equality, says Flax, the Senate committee had no choice but to confirm Thomas, thereby validating the cherished belief that with virtue and hard work, even a barefoot boy from Pin Point, Georgia, can transform himself into a Supreme Court Justice. To have turned him down would have called into question the very legitimacy of our politics and law. To have sympathized with Anita Hill, seen as having brought "filthy" material into public view, was impossible. Demonstrating the powerful, public role of narrative, The American Dream in Black and White reveals the hearings as a dramatic challenge to the American political system—a system supposed to rise not only above gender and race, but also above any issue of sex, guilt, history, or personal identity. Anita Hill's and Clarence Thomas's conflicting accounts, Flax argues, are a measure of the stories we tell about ourselves. Drawing on feminist, political, and psychoanalytic theory, she shows how these transcripts reveal deep and serious fissures in the psychic fabric of contemporary Americans, black and white, male and female. Identity politics and abstract individualism reflect rather than repair these fissures, and the lingering discomfort with the hearings reflects the necessity of new political theories and practices.

Judging Thomas by Ken Foskett

Title Judging Thomas
Author Ken Foskett
Publisher Harper Collins
Release Date 2009-10-13
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780061737336
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Clarence Thomas, the youngest and most controversial member of the Supreme Court, could become the longest-serving justice in history, influencing American law for decades to come. Who is this enigmatic man? And what does he believe in? Judging Thomas tells the remarkable story of Clarence Thomas's improbable journey from hardscrabble beginnings in the segregated South to the loftiest court in the land. With objectivity and balance, author Ken Foskett chronicles Thomas's contempt for upper-crust blacks who snubbed his uneducated, working-class roots; his flirtation with the priesthood and, later, Black Power; the resentment that fueled his opposition to affirmative action; the conservative beliefs that ultimately led him to the Supreme Court steps; and the inner resilience that propelled him through the doors. Based on interviews with Thomas himself, fellow justices, family members, and hundreds of friends and associates, Judging Thomas skillfully unravels perhaps the most complex, controversial, and powerful public figure in America today.

Capitol Games by Timothy M. Phelps

Title Capitol Games
Author Timothy M. Phelps
Publisher Perennial
Release Date 1993
Category Judges
Total Pages 464
ISBN 0060975539
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A riveting behind-the-scenes look at the Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings, told by the first print journalist to break the story of Hill's allegations of sexual harassment. Based on extensive interiews and prodigious research, this definitive account of these history-making hearings presents far-reaching implications for the political landscape of our country.

Clarence Thomas by Ann Byers

Title Clarence Thomas
Author Ann Byers
Publisher Cavendish Square Publishing
Release Date 2019
Category African American judges
Total Pages 128
ISBN 1502645556
Language English, Spanish, and French
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How does a man born into rural poverty overcome prejudice, anger, and a brutal confirmation battle to become the second African American to serve on the highest court in the United States? This book uses sidebars, full-color photographs, and primary sources to explore the life and accomplishments of Justice Clarence Thomas. It highlights his reputation for verbal silence and written dissent, and dives into his judicial philosophy. It illustrates how his unique brand of originalism has impacted Supreme Court decisions involving key constitutional provisions and major issues, such as the possibility of overturning settled law. It delves into the perspectives of his colleagues on the court and his relationships with them. Several sidebars detail some of the inner workings of the Supreme Court. Readers will learn of its procedures and traditions, the role of law clerks, and the contrast between judicial activism and judicial restraint. This essential biography provides a comprehensive view of a man involved in one of the most influential branches of government today.