Causes and Conflicts: The Centennial History of the Association of the Bar of NYC by George MartinCauses and Conflicts: The Centennial History of the Association of the Bar of NYC by George Martin

Causes and Conflicts: The Centennial History of the Association of the Bar of NYC

byGeorge Martin, Francis T. P. Plimpton

Hardcover | January 1, 1997

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More than a century ago over 200 leading lawyers met in a schoolroom on Fifth Avenue and Twenty-Sixth Street to organize the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. They were hot with reform and with the sting of professional shame. Boss Tweed and his cronies were not only robbing thecity's treasury, but, worse, were also corrupting the courts and judges. Boss Tweed and his gang were routed but not without a long struggle and the help of many others in the city. Since that historical victory, the Association has taken up other "causes and conflicts," sometimes with wide success, sometimes failing, but continuing a wide variety of activities withunabated zeal. George Martin tells of these struggles in this volume. It is the story of the Association through times of turbulence and times of trouble, including the famous March on Washington, the toppling of Mayor Jimmie Walker under the Judge Seabury investigation, and the Joseph McCarthy Era. George Martinhas brought these great events and a number of no less interesting footnotes to history alive in Causes and Conflicts through these many vignettes about the Associations' leaders.
George Martin is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is a writer about New York.
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Title:Causes and Conflicts: The Centennial History of the Association of the Bar of NYCFormat:HardcoverDimensions:436 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.02 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:Fordham University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823217353

ISBN - 13:9780823217359

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More than a century ago, in February 1870, over two hundred leading lawyers met in a schoolroom on Fifth Avenue and Twenty-Sixth Street to organize The Association of the Bar of the City of New York. They were hot with reform and with the sting of professional shame. Boss Tweed and his cronies not only were robbing the city's treasury, but, worse, were corrupting the courts and the judges. Boss Tweed and his gang were routed, but not without a long struggle and the help of many others in the city. Since that historical victory, the Association has taken up other "causes and conflicts", sometimes with success, sometimes failing, but continuing a wide variety of activities with unabated zeal. George Martin, a member of the bar and a recognized historian of wide interests, tells of these struggles in a book that is a fine piece of writing - urbane, graceful, humorous. But this is more than an excellent institutional history. It is also an exciting history of robust and sometimes turbulent times: Commodore Vanderbilt's attempt to steal the Erie Railroad; the presidential election which Hayes filched from Tilden, one of the founders of the Association; the losing fight against Boss Croker; the famous "March on Albany" led by Charles Evans Hughes in defense of the Socialist members of the legislature; the investigation by Judge Samuel Seabury (another president of the Association) of Jimmy Walker; the defeat of the "Bricker" amendment; Harrison Tweed's struggle for the reorganization of the courts; efforts to balance security and freedom in Joseph McCarthy's era; the establishment of legal aid for the indigent

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"An illuminating story of what lawyers in New York City have done (and in some cases have not done) in the never-ending struggle to make justice available in the nation's biggest crowded city."