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A Season for Justice

In this excerpt from A Season for Justice (1991), Morris Dees describes his early life in Alabama and the influence of his father on his decision to become a lawyer. He also explains how a stranger was the first one to challenge him about his commitment to equal rights for people regardless of race. The effects of the 1963 Birmingham bombing that killed four young girls, his experience representing Vietnamese fishermen harassed by the Ku Klux Klan, and the "most important case" of Dees's life are all portrayed.