A Passion for Justice: J. Waties Waring and Civil Rights by Tinsley E. Yarbrough

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By Tinsley E. Yarbrough

An eighth-generation Charlestonian with a prestigious deal with, impeccable social credentials, and years of intimate organization with segregationist politicians, U.S. District courtroom pass judgement on Julius Waties Waring stunned kinfolk, associates, and a complete country in 1945 while, at age sixty-five, he divorced his spouse of greater than thirty years and embarked upon a far-reaching problem to the main basic racial values of his local sector. the 1st jurist nowa days to claim segregated education "inequality consistent with se," Waring additionally ordered the equalization of lecturers' salaries and outlawed South Carolina's white fundamental. Off the bench, he and his moment wife--a twice-divorced, politically liberal Northerner who was once much more outspoken in her political opinions than Waring himself--castigated Dixiecrats and southern liberals alike for his or her safeguard of segregation, condemned the "sickness" of white southern society, recommended an entire breakdown of state-enforced bars to racial intermingling, and entertained blacks of their domestic, changing into pariahs in South Carolina and debatable figures nationally. Tinsley Yarbrough examines the lifestyles and profession of this interesting yet overlooked jurist, assessing the talk he generated, his position within the early heritage of the fashionable civil rights move, and the forces motivating his repudiation of his prior.

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I don't know why women want any more power than they have already," he said on more than one occasion. "47 But he was a reliable supporter of most of Woodrow Wilson's program and an early backer of Franklin D. Roosevelt. "Cotton Ed" played little role, however, in shaping New Deal farm policies, as he opposed crop controls, and had little enthusiasm for the WPA, the National Recovery Administration (NRA), and other agencies that threatened the South's social and economic structure. After 1935, he became more openly hostile to the Roosevelt administration; in 1938 he faced (and easily overcame) primary opposition endorsed by the White House.

As to the appointment of a judge for the eastern and western districts [Maybank wrote Biddle], the headquarters of this judge are in Columbia. I rec- 20 A Passion for Justice ommend for the appointment Mr. C. 59 One evening in mid-December Maybank telephoned Waring from Washington to report that the president was submitting his name and Timmerman's to the Senate the following day and to emphasize that the matter should be kept confidential pending a White House announcement. "60 Although its contents differ in detail from Waring's recollection of a telephone call, Waring may have written the following, somewhat cryptic, undated handwritten note to Maybank during this same period.

A. 54 Most troublesome for Waring was the current status of his relationship with Burnet Maybank. For reasons now largely obscure, the two had drifted apart after Maybank became governor. On several occasions after Judge Myers' declining health had become apparent, Maybank had promised to support Waring as his father-in-law's replacement. But after Myers' death, Waring had heard nothing from his old political comrade. Instead, he had heard rumors of Maybank's promise to support others for the position.

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