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In 1936, Lloyd Gaine’s application to the University of Missouri law school was denied based on his race. Gaines and the NAACP challenged the university’s decision. The court case drew national headlines, and the NAACP moved Gaines to Chicago after he received death threats. Before he could a end law school, he vanished.

This is the first book to focus entirely on the Gaines case and the vital role played by the NAACP and its lawyers— including Charles Houston, known as “the man who killed Jim Crow”—who advanced a concerted strategy to produce political change. Horner and Endersby also disucss the African American newspaper journalists and editors who mobilized popular support for the NAACP’s strategy. This book uncovers an important step toward the broad acceptance of the principle that racial segregation is inherently unequal.

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