Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words

Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words

Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words

Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words


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Drawing on historical documents and exclusive interviews, authors tell the inspiring story of Clarence Thomas's rise from a childhood of poverty and prejudice in the segregated South to Supreme Court Justice. Companion to blockbuster documentary Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, but a fascinating stand alone read, as well!

*The full story behind the wildly successful documentary film, Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words*

Born into dire poverty in the segregated South and abandoned by his father as a child, Justice Clarence Thomas triumphed over seemingly insurmountable odds to become one of the most influential justices on the Supreme Court. Yet after three decades of honorable service, few know him beyond his contentious confirmation and the surrounding media firestorm.

Who is Justice Clarence Thomas, in his own words?

In the follow-up to the wildly successful documentary by the same name, Created Equal builds on dozens of hours of groundbreaking, one-on-one interviews with Thomas to share a new, expanded account of his powerful story for the first time.

Producer Michael Pack and Mark Paoletta, a lawyer who worked alongside Thomas during his confirmation, dive deep into the Justice’s story. Drawing on a rich array of historical documents and unreleased conversations with Thomas, his wife, and those who knew him best, Created Equal is a timeless account of faith, race, power, and personal resilience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684512706
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 06/21/2022
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 302,129
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Michael Pack is President of Manifold Productions, Inc. and the writer, director, and producer of numerous award-winning nationally broadcast documentaries. Pack served as the CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media under President Donald Trump, as the President and CEO of the Claremont Institute, and as the Senior Vice President for Television Programming at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among other distinguished positions.

Mark Paoletta served as general counsel to the Office of Management and Budget under President Trump from 2018 to 2021 and as chief counsel and assistant to Vice President Mike Pence from 2017 to 2018. A veteran lawyer, Paoletta specializes in representing clients in congressional investigations and is noted for his work on the confirmations of Justice Thomas, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh.

Table of Contents

Introduction xv

Why This Book Was Written xv

The Authors and Justice Thomas xvi

How to Use This Book xx

Timeline: Key Events in Clarence Thomas's Life xxiii

Chapter 1 Childhood Years 1

Pin Point 3

Moving to Savannah 7

Walking to His Grandparents' Home 8

Grandfather Myers Anderson 10

His Grandfather's Wisdom 15

The Nuns 18

Carnegie Library 22

Lessons from Working on the Farm 24

A Metaphor for Life 26

Growing Up in the Segregated South 29

Colorism-A Different Kind of Discrimination 33

Movies to Remember 34

Chapter 2 In the Seminary 37

Racial Difficulties in the Seminary 41

Finding Common Ground 44

Leaving the Seminary 48

Chapter 3 Radical Years 51

The Holy Cross Years 55

The Black Student Union 57

Books with an Impact-Invisible Man, Native Son, The Fountainhead 62

Holy Cross and the Jesuits-Honest Liberals 67

Attending an Anti-War Riot in Boston 70

Chapter 4 Lessons from Yale law school 75

The Birth of His Son 81

Yale Law Graduate Who Can't Get a Job 84

Going to Work for Missouri Attorney General Jack Danforth 87

The Impact of Thomas Sowell 91

A New Side to His Grandfather 93

Working for Monsanto 94

Attacks on Booker T. Washington 99

Chapter 5 Entering the Arena 103

Joining the Reagan Administration 110

Hiring Anita Hill at the Department of Education 113

EEOC-Fixing a Broken Agency 115

Clashing with Civil Rights Leaders 118

Conflicts within the Reagan Administration 120

Anita Hill at the EEOC 122

Losing His Grandparents 125

Chapter 6 Birth of an Originalist 131

Founding Principles and Natural Law 132

The Fountainhead and Libertarianism 136

Finding His Soulmate 138

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals 140

Chapter 7 Supreme Court Nomination 145

Getting Ready for the Hearings 148

Coordinated Attacks 151

Prep Work 155

The Hearings Begin 156

Senator Biden 159

Abortion 164

Chapter 8 Anita Hill 169

The Democrats and the Media Run with It 172

Another Round 174

Guns Blazing 180

The Public's Reaction 185

Confirmed 188

Chapter 9 On the Court 193

The Role of a Judge 196

Colleagues 198

Thoughts on the Declaration 202

Affirmative Action-Grutter v. Bollinger 204

Mismatch 209

What the Government Can't Do 211

Accusations That Thomas Benefitted from Racial Preferences 214

The Attacks Continue 215

On Stare Decisis 217

The Administrative State 218

The Supreme Court at Work 221

On Asking Questions during Oral Argument 225

Chapter 10 Legacy 229

The Allegation Is Everything 231

Unintended Consequences 232

Road Trips in the RV 237

Gettysburg 240

Grandfather's Legacy 242

Appendix A Excerpts from Interview with Ginni Thomas 245

Meeting Clarence Thomas 246

The EEOC Years 248

Nomination to the Supreme Court 251

Before the Senate 254

Anita Hill 256

The Second Round 260

A High-Tech Lynching 265

The Supreme Court 271

His Law Clerks 273

The Court Family 275

Travels in the RV 277

A Continued, Relentless Assault 282

Outreach and Legacy 283

Appendix B The Litany of Humility 287

Acknowledgements 289

Notes 291

Index 315

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