Michael Meltsner, With Passion

Growing up in a Depression-battered family, one tangled by a mortal secret, With Passion tells the improbable story of an unsung hero of the civil rights movement who thought of himself as a “miscast” lawyer but ended up defending peaceful protesters, representing Mohammad Ali, suing Robert Moses, counseling Lenny Bruce, bringing the case that integrated hundreds of southern hospitals, and named “the principal architect of the death penalty abolition movement in the United States.”

More than a meditation on frustrating legal efforts to fight inequality and racism, Michael Meltsner—also a novelist and playwright—vividly recounts the life of a New York kid, struggling to make sense of coming of age amid the tumult of vast demographic and cultural changes in the city.

Hired by Thurgood Marshall, Michael Meltsner argued major civil rights cases for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and authored Cruel and Unusual, the widely praised history of the attack on the death penalty. Winner of many awards, including a Guggenheim and an American Academy of Berlin Prize Fellowship, he teaches constitutional law at Northeastern University School of Law.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
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Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140
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ISBN: 9781946074126
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Published: Twelve Tables Press - December 1st, 2017