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Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey ...
by Steve Luxenberg

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English

Pages

622

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<p><strong>A myth-shattering narrative of how a nation embraced "separation" and its pernicious consequences.</strong></p><br /><p><em>Plessy v. Ferguson</em>, the Supreme Court case synonymous with “separate but equal,” created remarkably little stir when the justices announced their near-unanimous decision on May 18, 1896. Yet it is one of the most compelling and dramatic stories of the nineteenth century, whose outcome embraced and protected segregation, and whose reverberations are still felt into the twenty-first.</p><br /><p><em>Separate</em> spans a striking range of characters and landscapes, bound together by the defining issue of their time and ours—race and equality. Wending its way through a half-century of American history, the narrative begins at the dawn of the railroad age, in the North, home to the nation’s first separate railroad car, then moves briskly through slavery and the Civil War to Reconstruction and its aftermath, as separation took root in nearly every aspect of American life.</p><br /><p>Award-winning author Steve Luxenberg draws from letters, diaries, and archival collections to tell the story of <em>Plessy v. Ferguson</em> through the eyes of the people caught up in the case. <em>Separate</em> depicts indelible figures such as the resisters from the mixed-race community of French New Orleans, led by Louis Martinet, a lawyer and crusading newspaper editor; Homer Plessy’s lawyer, Albion Tourgée, a best-selling author and the country’s best-known white advocate for civil rights; Justice Henry Billings Brown, from antislavery New England, whose majority ruling endorsed separation; and Justice John Harlan, the Southerner from a slaveholding family whose singular dissent cemented his reputation as a steadfast voice for justice.</p><br /><p>Sweeping, swiftly paced, and richly detailed, <em>Separate</em> provides a fresh and urgently-needed exploration of our nation’s most devastating divide.</p>
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
by Carol Anderson Ph.D.

Language

English

Pages

248

Publication Date

May 31, 2016

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<b>National Book Critics Circle Award Winner</b><br /><b><i>New York Times</i><i> </i>Bestseller</b><br /><b>A <i>New York Times</i><i> </i>Notable Book of the Year</b><br /><b>A <i>Washington Post</i> Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year</b><br /><b>A <i>Boston Globe</i> Best Book of 2016</b><br /><b>A <i>Chicago Review of Books</i> Best Nonfiction Book of 2016</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>From the Civil War to our combustible present, acclaimed historian Carol Anderson reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.</b><br /><br />As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as “black rage,” historian Carol Anderson wrote a remarkable op-ed in <i>The Washington Post</i> suggesting that this was, instead, "white rage at work. With so much attention on the flames," she argued, "everyone had ignored the kindling."<br /> <br /> Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow; the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 <i>Brown v. Board of Education</i> decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South while taxpayer dollars financed segregated white private schools; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 triggered a coded but powerful response, the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House, and then the election of America's first black President, led to the expression of white rage that has been as relentless as it has been brutal. <br /> <br /> Carefully linking these and other historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition, Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, <i>White Rage</i> will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life
by Jane Sherron de Hart

Language

English

Pages

697

Publication Date

October 16, 2018

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<b>The first full life—private, public, legal, philosophical—of the 107th Supreme Court Justice, one of the most profound and profoundly transformative legal minds of our time; a book fifteen years in work, written with the cooperation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself and based on many interviews with the justice, her husband, her children, her friends, and her associates.</b><br /><br />In this large, comprehensive, revelatory biography, Jane De Hart explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, her meticulous jurisprudence: her desire to make We the People more united and our union more perfect. At the heart of her story and abiding beliefs—her Jewish background. <i>Tikkun olam</i>, the Hebrew injunction to “repair the world,” with its profound meaning for a young girl who grew up during the Holocaust and World War II. We see the influence of her mother, Celia Amster Bader, whose intellect inspired her daughter’s feminism, insisting that Ruth become independent, as she witnessed her mother coping with terminal cervical cancer (Celia died the day before Ruth, at seventeen, graduated from high school).<br />     From Ruth’s days as a baton twirler at Brooklyn’s James Madison High School, to Cornell University, Harvard and Columbia Law Schools (first in her class), to being a law professor at Rutgers University (one of the few women in the field and fighting pay discrimination), hiding her second pregnancy so as not to risk losing her job; founding the <i>Women's Rights Law</i> <i>Reporter</i>, writing the brief for the first case that persuaded the Supreme Court to strike down a sex-discriminatory state law, then at Columbia (the law school’s first tenured female professor); becoming the director of the women’s rights project of the ACLU, persuading the Supreme Court in a series of decisions to ban laws that denied women full citizenship status with men. <br />     Her years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, deciding cases the way she played golf, as she, left-handed, played with right-handed clubs—aiming left, swinging right, hitting down the middle. Her years on the Supreme Court . . . <br />     A pioneering life and legal career whose profound mark on American jurisprudence, on American society, on our American character and spirit, will reverberate deep into the twenty-first century and beyond.
Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Aw...
by Richard Gergel

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English

Pages

318

Publication Date

January 22, 2019

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<p><b>How the blinding of Sergeant Isaac Woodard changed the course of America’s civil rights history</b></p><p>On February 12, 1946, Sergeant Isaac Woodard, a returning, decorated African American veteran, was removed from a Greyhound bus in Batesburg, South Carolina, after he challenged the bus driver’s disrespectful treatment of him. Woodard, in uniform, was arrested by the local police chief, Lynwood Shull, and beaten and blinded while in custody. </p><p>President Harry Truman was outraged by the incident. He established the first presidential commission on civil rights and his Justice Department filed criminal charges against Shull. In July 1948, following his commission’s recommendation, Truman ordered an end to segregation in the U.S. armed forces. An all-white South Carolina jury acquitted Shull, but the presiding judge, J. Waties Waring, was conscience-stricken by the failure of the court system to do justice by the soldier. Waring described the trial as his “baptism of fire,” and began issuing major civil rights decisions from his Charleston courtroom, including his 1951 dissent in <i>Briggs v. Elliott </i>declaring public school segregation per se unconstitutional. Three years later, the Supreme Court adopted Waring’s language and reasoning in <i>Brown v. Board of Education</i>. Richard Gergel’s <i>Unexampled Courage</i> details the impact of the blinding of Sergeant Woodard on the racial awakening of President Truman and Judge Waring, and traces their influential roles in changing the course of America’s civil rights history.</p>
Federal Constitutional Law (Volume 4): Federalism Limitations on ...
by , Lee J. Strang

Language

English

Pages

250

Publication Date

January 01, 2018

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<p>Volume Four of <em>Federal Constitutional Law</em> shows how the principles of federalism have shaped many aspects of constitutional law, including the scope of federal powers and both restrictions on and protections for state autonomy, and how federalism has found new traction in the twenty-first century.</p><br /><p>Like other volumes in the Modular Casebook Series, <em>Federal Limitations on State and Federal Power</em> provides extensive historical background for the cases and materials, focuses students on the key arguments employed by the Supreme Court, and follows each case with detailed suggested questions that engage students in the reading and prompt robust classroom discussion.</p>
U.S. Immigration Made Easy (U. S. Immigration Made Easy)
by Ilona Bray

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English

Pages

690

Publication Date

January 30, 2017

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Many people have misconceptions about the complex tangle that is U.S. immigration law. Even a prospective immigrant with simple questions about who is eligible to come to the U.S. on a permanent or temporary basis will find the rules hard to interpret, and even harder to act upon. <i>U.S. Immigration Made Easy</i> demystifies the system, discussing almost every possible way to legally enter, live in, or stay in the United States. Learn how the immigration system really works and find out whether you qualify for:<br /><br /><ul><br /><li> a work visa<br /><br /><li> a student visa<br /><br /><li> asylum or refugee status<br /><br /><li> a green card through family, employment, or in some other category<br /><br /><li> Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)<br /><br /><li> a U visa,<br /><br /><li> and more.<br /><br /></ul><br />Get tips on dealing with paperwork, government officials, delays and denials. Plus, you'll get step-by-step instructions on filling out and filing application forms, and learn the best way to approach the enormous U.S. government bureaucracy.<br /><br /><br /><br />Thoroughly updated and revised, this edition covers the latest changes in immigration law, including expansion of the new “provisional waiver of unlawful presence” to family members of lawful permanent residents living in the U.S.), the latest average processing times, and much more.
Aspen Student Treatise for Constitutional Law: Principles and Pol...
by Erwin Chemerinsky

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English

Pages

1412

Publication Date

May 15, 2015

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Relied on by students, professors, and practitioners, Erwin Chemerinsky’s popular treatise clearly states the law and identifies the underlying policy issues in each area of constitutional law. Thorough coverage of the topic makes it appropriate for both beginning and advanced courses.</p><p>This new, <b>Fifth Edition</b> features updated material throughout, including:</p><ul><li>Significant attention given to developments in law since publication of previous edition</li><li>New material on standing, congressional power, presidential power and the war on terror; preemption, school desegregation; abortion rights and voting rights</li><li>Covers First Amendment issues concerning speech and religion</li><li>Includes recent and significant cases: Hein v. Freedom from Religion Foundation; Boumediene v. Bush; Hamdan v. Rumsfeld; Wyeth v. Levine; Philip Morris USA v. Williams</li></ul></p>
Liberty and Union: A Constitutional History of the United States,...
by , Tara Helfman

Language

English

Pages

498

Publication Date

December 04, 2013

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<P>This, the first of two volumes of <B>Liberty and Union</B>, is a comprehensive constitutional history of the United States from the Anglo-American origins of the Constitution through the colonial and antebellum periods, to the Civil War and the consequent restructuring of the nation.</P><br /><P>Written in a clear and engaging narrative style, it successfully unites thorough chronological coverage with a thematic approach, offering critical analysis of core constitutional history topics, set in the political, social, and economic context that made them constitutional issues in the first place. Combining a thoughtful and balanced narrative with an authoritative stance on key issues, the authors explain the past in the light of the past, without imposing upon it the standards of later generations. </P><br /><P>Authored by two experienced professors of History and Law this textbook has been thoughtfully constructed to offer an accessible alternative to dense scholarly works – avoiding unnecessary technical jargon, defining legal terms and historical personalities where appropriate, and making explicit connections between constitutional themes and historical events. For students in an undergraduate or postgraduate constitutional history course, or anyone with a general interest in constitutional developments, this book will be essential reading.</P><br /><P>Useful features include:</P><br /><UL><br /><LI>Full glossary of legal terminology</LI><br /><LI>Recommended reading</LI><br /><LI>A table of cases</LI><br /><LI>Extensive supporting artwork</LI><br /><LI>Companion website </LI></UL><br /><P>Useful documents provided:</P><br /><UL><br /><LI>Declaration of Independence</LI><br /><LI>Articles of Confederation</LI><br /><LI>Constitution of the United States of America</LI><br /><LI>Chronological list of Supreme Court justices</LI></UL>
After Public Law (Oxford Constitutional Theory)
by , Neil Walker

Language

English

Pages

325

Publication Date

May 09, 2013

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Public law has been conceived in many different ways, sometimes overlapping, often conflicting. However in recent years a common theme running through the discussions of public law is one of loss. What function and future can public law have in this rapidly transforming landscape, where globalized states and supranational institutions have ever-increasing importance?<br /><br />The contributions to this volume take stock of the idea, concepts, and values of public law as it has developed alongside the growth of the modern state, and assess its continued usefulness as a distinct area of legal inquiry and normativity in light of various historical trends and contemporary pressures affecting the global configuration of law in general.<br /><br />Divided into three parts, the first provides a conceptual, philosophical, and historical understanding of the nature of public law, the nature of private law and the relationship between the public, the private, and the concept of law. The second part focuses on the domains, values, and functions of public law in contemporary (state) legal practice, as seen, in part, through its relationship with private domains, values, and functions. The final part engages with the new legal scholarship on<br />global transformation, analysing the changes in public law at the national level, including the new forms of interpenetration of public and private in the market state, as well as exploring the ubiquitous use of public law values and concepts beyond the state.
Unmasking the Administrative State: The Crisis of American Politi...
by John Marini

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English

Pages

332

Publication Date

January 29, 2019

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<div>The election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency shocked the political establishment, triggering a wave of hysteria among the bicoastal elite that may never subside. The biggest shockwaves of all, however, were felt not in the progressive parishes of Manhattan or San Francisco, but in the halls of the political elite’s cherished and oft-overlooked center of power—Washington, DC’s sprawling “administrative state”—for President Trump represented an existential threat to its denizens, who came to be known as “swamp creatures.”<br /><br /><br /><br />How did it come to pass that the “draining of the swamp” would become a core aim of the Trump administration, impacting everything from judicial appointments to the federal budget and regulatory policy? Marini’s unmasking of the administrative state goes beyond bureaucracy or legalism to its core in an intellectual elite whose consensus transcends whatever disagreements flare up. The universities, the media, and think-tanks that denounce Trump are its heart.<br /><br /><br /><br />The answer to this question and many more lies in the underappreciated but revolutionary scholarship of Professor John Marini, collected in his new book, <i>Unmasking the Administrative State</i>, which tells the critical missed story of the last century of political history: The ascendance of the theory behind and resultant growth of an administrative state that has supplanted limited constitutional government with the tyranny of unbounded anticonstitutional bureaucracy. <br /><br /><br /><br />Marini illustrates the existential threat of the administrative state to our republic, exposes the regressive philosophy from which it springs, and argues for the reassertion of the founding principles to restore self-government. The Trump administration may be the best chance to apply the lessons of Marini’s life’s work and seize this remarkable opportunity to restore power to its rightful owners: the American people.<br /><div>

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