Solomon S. Seay Jr.

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11:28 am
Mon January 5, 2009

Jim Crow and Me: Stories from My Life as a Civil Rights Lawyer, by Solomon S. Seay, Jr.

Solomon Seay did not wish to write an autobiography or a memoir and he has not. This volume is, as the subtitle indicates, a collection of anecdotes, mainly stories from his decades as a civil rights attorney in Alabama, mainly from 1957 to 1977. In a way, this format is more effective than a regular biography, because the day-to-day life of almost anyone is not that interesting. Seay's book is, then, a series of dramatic scenes, which are, I think, what we remember most from histories and biographies anyway.

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