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This update features five new essays, including journalist and lawyer Nell Battle Lewis, who worked for the rights of women and workers but became a defender of racial segregation; Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen; actress Barbara Cook; Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Don Newcombe, and economist Jacob Marschak.
Cornelia “Nell” Battle Lewis (1893-1956) was an iconoclastic journalist and lawyer who in the 1920s earned renown as a dogged defender of the rights of workers and women. At times, however, her early career has overshadowed her later role as an architect for massive resistance to the civil rights movement. Her writings and life demonstrate the uncomfortable but not uncommon alliance between white feminism and progressive politics of the middle decades of the twentieth century and a broader politics of racial inequity.