Fortas, Abe

Rare signed copy of his 1968 booklet, "Concerning Dissent and Civil Disobedience"

Price: $195.00

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(1911-1982) Texas lawyer for, and longtime advisor to, Lyndon Johnson. Associate Justice 1965-69, in his 4 years on the Court, Justice Fortas favored broadening rights for criminal defendants, expanding rights of juveniles, and took the lead in business cases. He was nominated by LBJ to succeed Earl Warren as Chief Justice in 1968. In 1969 it was revealed he had been accepting money from a foundation set up by convicted stock manipulator Louis Wolfson. On May 15, denying he had done anything wrong, Fortas resigned from the Court to return to private law practice. He was the 1st Supreme Court Justice to resign under the threat of impeachment. May 1968 first printing of "Concerning Dissent and Civil Disobedience - 'We Have an Alternative to Violence'", written by Justice Fortas, a 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 "Signed Special Broadside" published by The New American Library, New York. The red soft-covered 64pp booklet is signed by Justice Fortas on the inside title page. From the publisher's (Signet Books) introduction: "This is an unprecedented work, arriving at a time when the nation is shocked at the findings of the [Kerner] Riot Commission Report, the death of Dr. King, and the flare-up of violence across the country. Justice Abe Fortas believes that America has a constructive alternative to violence. He explains what this alternative is as he carefully defines both the limits and the scope of permissible dissent and civil disobedience. He describes the crucial, creative role these non-violent principles must play in today's revolutionary America." Justice Fortas writes how nonviolent dissent can successfully achieve revolutionary goals within the law, institutions and traditions of our democratic society, and considers the constitutional allowances for nonviolent civil disobedience, in view of contemporary civil rights movements.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed booklet






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