Conservative Supreme Court Justice
African American Trailblazers
Reading Level: 9
Interest Level: 9-12
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 Thomas's 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.