Taming the Storm

Jack Bass

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Synopsis: A biography of the southern judge describes how, in the explosive years of the civil rights movement, Johnson issued a series of landmark decisions that were instrumental in turning the tide of white resistance. 15,000 first printing.

From Publishers Weekly: The unelected federal judge who, in Bill Moyers's words, "altered forever the face of the South," comes alive in this substantial biography. Bass, author of a previous book on Southern judges ( Unlikely Heroes ), first depicts Johnson as a product of the fiercely independent hills of northwest Alabama and the son of a mother with strong convictions. Drawing on extensive interviews with Johnson and his associates, Bass describes Johnson's early years, including his influential experiences in law school, before he became a judge and intersected with the civil rights movement: ruling on bus segregation, voting rights and school desegregation, and suffering the bombing of his mother's house and vitriol from his law school chum, Alabama governor George Wallace. Not just a moral beacon, Johnson, who recently retired, was a legal innovator, developing new judicial doctrines regarding state prisons and mental health institutions. Johnson claims his judicial approach is strictly legal with "no interest in social change" and the book's account makes that claim plausible. In a few chapters, such as one on the suicide of the judge's adopted son, Bass could have used less detail, but this book is a valuable piece of history. Photos not seen by PW.
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Title: Taming the Storm
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Publication Date: 1992
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