Yvonne Z. Smith
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- The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster
- By: Stephen L. Carter
- Narrated by: Karen Chilton
- Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
Stephen L. Carter delves into his past and retrieves the inspiring story of his grandmother’s life. She was black and a woman and a prosecutor, a graduate of Smith College and the granddaughter of slaves, as dazzlingly unlikely a combination as one could imagine in New York of the 1930s - and without the strategy she devised, Lucky Luciano, the most powerful Mafia boss in history, would never have been convicted. When special prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey selected 20 lawyers to help him clean up the city’s underworld, she was the only member of his team who was not a white male.
A Moving Biography
- By Jean on 10-31-18
1930's politics and being black and too gifted
This was a great story for Black History Buffs. I had never heard of this women. You get a glimpse into the World of what its lke to be very accomplished but limited by Race. This was a time before equal pay and rights for women. Its really ashame that this women who well known at her time is not known today. This is a family as well as a historical story.