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Exporting American DreamsThurgood Marshall's African Journey$
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Mary L. Dudziak

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691152448

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691152448.001.0001

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Writing Rights

Writing Rights

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Exporting American Dreams
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Mary L. Dudziak

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691152448.003.0004

This chapter details Marshall's role as British officials and Africans began crafting a rule of law to guide Kenya's future. As an American, Marshall might seem like an intruder in a conversation, in essence, between British ruler and subject. But his presence was a marker of an era. His nation had thrown off British rule, an example that inspired the new generation. As rights became a central issue, Marshall found himself front and center. He was tasked with drafting a bill of rights. This was not a neat and tidy task, confined to the pristine world of legal analysis. And the document would not inscribe rights that would last forever. Instead, it was bricks-and-mortar work, the laying of a political foundation. The Bill of Rights was most importantly a commitment on the part of the parties to each other, a commitment to politics. To craft rights was to help build a nation.

Keywords:   Thurgood Marshall, Kenya, Africa, rule of law, African Americans, democratic rights, bill of rights

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