The Gentleman From Ohio by Louis StokesThe Gentleman From Ohio by Louis Stokes

The Gentleman From Ohio

byLouis Stokes, David Chanoff

Hardcover | August 31, 2016

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Louis Stokes was a giant in Ohio politics and one of the most significant figures in the U.S. Congress in recent times. When he arrived in the House of Representatives as a freshman in 1969, there were only six African Americans serving. By the time he retired thirty years later, he had chaired the House Special Committee on the Kennedy and King assassinations, the House Ethics Committee during Abscam, and the House Intelligence Committee during Iran-Contra; he was also a senior member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
 
Prior to Louis Stokes’s tenure in Congress he served for many years as a criminal defense lawyer and chairman of the Cleveland NAACP Legal Redress Committee. Among the Supreme Court Cases he argued, the Terry “Stop and Frisk” case is regarded as one of the twenty-five most significant cases in the court’s history. The Gentleman from Ohio chronicles this and other momentous events in the life and legacy of Ohio’s first black representative—a man who, whether in law or politics, continually fought for the principles he believed in and helped lead the way for African Americans in the world of mainstream American politics.
 
Louis Stokes was raised in Cleveland’s projects, the son of a single mother who lost her husband when Louis was three. He was also the brother of former Cleveland mayor, Carl Stokes, who, before being elected as Cleveland’s first African American mayor, was elected as the first African American Democrat in the state legislature.   Davi...
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Title:The Gentleman From OhioFormat:HardcoverDimensions:9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:August 31, 2016Publisher:Ohio State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:081421312X

ISBN - 13:9780814213124

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
            by Congressman John Lewis

Chapter 1        Poppin’ the Rag
Chapter 2        Becoming a Lawyer
Chapter 3        Criminal Defense
Chapter 4        Stop and Frisk
Chapter 5        NAACP Attorney
Chapter 6        Two Brothers: Mayor and Congressman
Chapter 7        Black Political Power
Chapter 8        First Years in Congress
Chapter 9        Assassination Committee
Chapter 10      Martin Luther King Jr.
Chapter 11      Moving Up the Ladder
Chapter 12      Cardinal

Epilogue
Postscript
Index
 

Editorial Reviews

“I spent many summers in Akron, Ohio, visiting my grandparents and heard countless stories about Louis Stokes. He was an icon in Ohio. Congressman Stokes and his brother, Carl, were instrumental in reshaping America’s political landscape. They were a stellar example of black legislators being as capable and dedicated as anyone else. This book is not just about politics; it’s about something we can all agree on—that a loving family can inspire us to do remarkable things in life. And once you read this, you’ll fully understand why Louis Stokes will always be known as the ‘gentleman from Ohio.’” —Robin Roberts, Good Morning America