Without Precedent: The Life of Susie Marshall Sharp

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A NOTE ON SOURCES

In addition to the letters and journals described in the preface, Susie Sharp's papers included a group of seven volumes, an assortment of desk book calendars and blank-paged books, into which Susie Sharp had copied letters from Breck and John Kesler, in shorthand. The four volumes containing Breck's correspondence covered thirty years, from 1928 to 1958. There were three volumes of John's letters, dating roughly from 1947 to 1966, with a few early letters from 1928 also included. Here I was forced to be selective if I hoped to live long enough to finish the biography. I have translated letters around key dates, but these volumes remain a largely untapped source for a future researcher.

Yet another category of material was the scrapbooks that Susie Sharp kept up throughout her life. This collection of newspaper clippings, memorabilia, and correspondence was extremely useful. In addition, the family had many photograph albums, and Louise Sharp could identify most of the people not otherwise identified.

Other sources will be found in the endnotes and acknowledgments. Unless otherwise identified, materials referenced are now in the Susie Marshall Sharp Papers in the Southern Historical Collection, housed in Wilson Library on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • Part1 5
  • Chapter 1 - Family 7
  • Chapter 2 - Formative Years 20
  • Part II - Pursuit of the Law 33
  • Chapter 3 - University of North Carolina School of Law 35
  • Chapter 4 - False Start 55
  • Chapter 5 - Sharp & Sharp 80
  • Chapter 6 - Politics and Public Life 99
  • Part III - Superior Court (1949–1962) 127
  • Chapter 7 - Appointment to Superior Court 129
  • Chapter 8 - Judge Sharp, Presiding 146
  • Chapter 9 - Ambition 167
  • Chapter 10 - Theory and Practice 184
  • Chapter 11 - The Road to the Supreme Court 209
  • Part IV - North Carolina 247
  • Chapter 12 - Taking the Veil 249
  • Chapter 13 - Opinions 274
  • Chapter 14 - Federal Job Proposals 298
  • Chapter 15 - Out of Court 319
  • Chapter 16 - Chief Justice Election 336
  • Chapter 17 - Chief Justice 367
  • Chapter 18 - Equal Rights Amendment 389
  • Chapter 19 - Stepping off the Stage 406
  • Epilogue 431
  • A Note on Sources 439
  • Notes 441
  • Selected Bibliography 521
  • Acknowledgments 531
  • Index 533
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