Margaret Bush Wilson and the Promise of America: A Pragmatic Civil Rights Vision

Priscilla Dowden-White explores the life and legacy of St. Louis attorney and NAACP leader Margaret Bush Wilson. In her lifelong struggle to advance freedom and equality for African Americans, women, and all those who were excluded from the mainstream of society, Wilson blazed a courageous trail marked by landmark legal decisions and major civil rights advances that opened doors to equal opportunity for all. Dowden-White examines the philosophical viewpoints and experiences that shaped Wilson’s definition of justice and fairness for all.

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Priscilla Dowden-White

Priscilla Dowden-White is associate professor of history at University of Missouri–St. Louis and the author of Groping toward Democracy: African American Social Welfare Reform in St. Louis, 1910–1949.