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Daughter of the Empire State: The Life of Judge Jane Bolin

Jacqueline A. McLeod


This long overdue biography elevates Jane Matilda Bolin to her rightful place in American history as an activist, integrationist, jurist, and outspoken public figure in the political and professional milieu of New York City before the onset of the modern Civil Rights movement. When Bolin was appointed to New York City's domestic relations court in 1939 for the first of four 10-year terms, she became the nation's first African American woman judge. Drawing on archival materials as well as a meeting with Bolin in 2002, the author reveals how Bolin parlayed her judicial position to impact signifi ... More

Keywords: Jane Matilda Bolin, woman judge, African American judge, activist, integrationist, jurist, New York City, domestic relations court, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NACAP

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036576
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacqueline A. McLeod, author