Ohio University Press
On Sale: August 31, 2016
Hardcover / e-Book
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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
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
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.
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