Sunday, December 1, 2013

Welcome, Susan Carle!

We are enormously pleased to welcome as a guest blogger for the month of December, Susan D. Carle, Professor of Law at the Washington College of Law of American University.  Professor Carle is a graduate of Bryn Mawr and the Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.  She teaches and writes primarily about civil rights legal history, employment discrimination, labor and employment law, legal ethics, and the history and sociology of the legal profession. She is author, of, among other things, Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice, 1880-1915, which is just out from the Oxford University Press.

We especially look forward to Professor Carle’s posts relating to Defining the Struggle.  As we noted in an earlier post, the book
is a ground-breaking and important exploration of how late nineteenth and early twentieth century national organizations–including the National Afro American League, the National Afro American Council, the National Association of Colored Women, and the Niagara Movement–developed myriad strategies for law-related racial justice organizing. It tells the story of these organizations and their leaders and motivations, the initiatives they undertook, and the ideas about law and racial justice activism they developed and passed on to future generations. While it is well known that the racial justice struggle was arduous in the mid-twentieth century, this struggle was dramatically more difficult in the period before that, making the story of these individuals and the organizations they led all the more remarkable.
Welcome, Susan!