Perversions of Justice: Indigenous Peoples and Anglo-american Law / Edition 1

Perversions of Justice: Indigenous Peoples and Anglo-american Law / Edition 1

by Ward Churchill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0872864111

ISBN-13: 2900872864114

Pub. Date: 01/01/2003

Publisher: City Lights Books

The United States is readily distinguishable from other countries, Chief Justice John Marshall opined in 1803, because it is a "nation of laws, not of men." In Perversions of Justice, Ward Churchill takes Marshall at his word, exploring how the U.S. has consistently employed a corrupt from of legalism as a means of establishing colonial control and empire. Along the…  See more details below

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The United States is readily distinguishable from other countries, Chief Justice John Marshall opined in 1803, because it is a "nation of laws, not of men." In Perversions of Justice, Ward Churchill takes Marshall at his word, exploring how the U.S. has consistently employed a corrupt from of legalism as a means of establishing colonial control and empire. Along the way, he demonstrates how this "nation of laws" has so completely subverted the law of nations that the current America-dominated international order ends up, like the U.S. itself, functioning in a manner diametrically opposed to the ideals of freedom and democracy it professes to embrace. By tracing the evolution of federal Indian law, Churchill is able to show how the premises set forth therein not only spilled over onto non-Indians in the U.S., but were also adapted for application abroad -- the trajectory of America's imperial logic can be followed all the way to the present New World Order. Churchill provides a point-by-point indictment of America's behavior, and offers a view of how things might work if even the minimum requirements of international law were complied with.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900872864114
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296

Table of Contents

Foreword: "From Emily Dickenson and Sitting Bull on Dakota"
Introduction: "The Creator Knows Their Lies and So Should We" Ward Churchill's Pursuit of Juridical Truth
Essays
Perversions of Justice: Examining U.S. Rights to Occupancy in North America1
Rights of Conquest: The Devolution of a Myth in International Law33
Stolen Kingdom: The Right of Hawai'i to Decolonization73
Charades, Anyone?: The Indian Claims Commission in Context125
A Breach of Trust: The Radioactive Colonization of Native North America153
The Crucible of American Indian Identity: Native Tradition versus Colonial Imposition in Postconquest North America201
Forbidding the "G-Word": Holocaust Denial as Judicial Doctrine in Canada247
The Bloody Wake of Alcatraz: Repression of the American Indian Movement During the 1970s263
"To Judge Them by the Standards of Their Time": America's Indian Fighters, the Laws of War and the Question of International Order303
App. AUnited Nations Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples December 14, 1960405
App. BCongressional Apology to Native Hawaiians November 23, 1993408
App. CDraft United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples August 26, 1994414
App. DNational Security Council Memorandum on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples January 18, 2001427
Index433

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