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Pauli MurrayA Personal and Political Life$
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Troy R. Saxby

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469654928

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654928.001.0001

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Such a State of Uncertainty, Caution, and Fear, 1946–1961

Such a State of Uncertainty, Caution, and Fear, 1946–1961

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(p.145) Four Such a State of Uncertainty, Caution, and Fear, 1946–1961
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Pauli Murray
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Troy R. Saxby

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654928.003.0004

This chapter examines Pauli Murray’s life during the Cold War era. Preferential treatment for returned servicemen and McCarthyism further disadvantaged Murray’s employment opportunities in the post-World War II period. Most notably, Cornell University denied her employment because of her “past associations.” Murray responded by writing Proud Shoes, a history of her maternal grandparents. Physical and mental health concerns continued to plague Murray, and as one of only a few independent black women lawyers in New York City, Murray struggled to make a living. In the late 1950s she became a corporate lawyer, wrote poetry, and then went to Ghana to teach law and explore her own racial identity.

Keywords:   Pauli Murray, Cold War, McCarthyism, African American lawyers, Women lawyers, Proud Shoes, Mental health, Corporate law, Poetry, Ghana independence, Racial identity

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