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A behind-the-scenes look at an unrecognized giant of American legal history and his role in the Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education
From a modest childhood in Paterson, N.J., Philip Elman rose to become clerk for the great Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, and then to a position in the U.S. Solicitor General's office. It was there, in late 1952, that Elman contributed to what may have been the single most important government brief in Supreme Court history: Brown v. Board of Education. With the Court—and the country—bitterly split over school desegregation and the validity of "separate but equal," Elman's intimate knowledge of the Court enabled him to develop the concept that became known as "with all deliberate speed"—a phrase which unified the divided Court, but which continues to generate heated public debate to this day.
On this, the fiftieth anniversary of the Brown decision (May 17, 2004), With All Deliberate Speed offers fascinating new revelations about the inner workings of the court and the politics behind the Brown decision. Rich historical document and gripping story, this book is one of the great documents of the American battle for racial equality.
Philip Elman was responsible, in the Solicitor General's Office of the Department of Justice, for reviewing hundreds of cases involving civil rights, civil liberties and economic justice—including the epic case of Brown v. Board of Education. He later served as Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, where he played a major role in the rebirth of the consumer movement and in the antismoking movement.