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The forgotten memoir of John Knox : a year in the life of a Supreme Court clerk in FDR's Washington / edited and with a foreword and afterword by Dennis J. Hutchinson and David J. Garrow.

Author / Creator Knox, John, 1907-1997.
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2002.
Description xxii, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language English
Series American presidents & world leaders (Booknotes)
Campaigns & political culture (Booknotes)
Government (Booknotes)
Subject Knox, John, 1907-1997.
Knox, John, 1907-1997
Knox, John (Schreiber)
Knox, John.
United States. Supreme Court -- Employees -- Biography.
United States. Supreme Court -- History.
United States. Supreme Court.
USA Supreme Court
Law clerks -- United States -- Biography.
Employees.
Law clerks.
Biografie
Geschichte 1935-1940.
United States.
Biographies.
Biography.
History.
Biographies.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/4635394
Other authors / contributors Hutchinson, Dennis J.
Garrow, David J., 1953-
ISBN 0226448622
9780226448626
0226448630
9780226448633
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox - edited by Dennis J. Hutchinson and David J. Garrow - offers a candid, at times naive, insider's view of the showdown between Roosevelt and the Court that took place in 1937. At the same time, it marvelously portrays a Washington culture now long gone. Although the new Supreme Court building had been open for a year by the time Knox joined McReynolds' staff, most of the justices continued to work from their homes, each supported by a small staff. Knox, the epitome of the overzealous and officious young man, after landing what he believes to be a dream position, continually fears for his job under the notoriously rude (and nakedly racist) justice.
But he soon develops close relationships with the justice's two black servants: Harry Parker, the messenger who does "everything but breathe" for the justice, and Mary Diggs, the maid and cook. Together, they plot and sidestep around their employer's idiosyncrasies to keep the household running while history is made in the Court." "A foreword by Dennis Hutchinson and David Garrow sets the stage, and a gallery of period photos of Knox, McReynolds, and other figures of the time gives life to this engaging account, which like no other captures life in Washington, D.C., when it was still a genteel southern town."--Jacket.

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