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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

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

Troy R. Saxby

University of North Carolina Press

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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