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Dred Scott's Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America
     

Dred Scott's Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America

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by Andrew P. Napolitano
 

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ISBN-10: 1595552650

ISBN-13: 2901595552654

Pub. Date: 04/21/2009

Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.

"All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights-" wedded the American soul to the concept that freedom comes from our humanity, not from the government. But American governments legally suspended the free will of blacks for 150 years, and then denied blacks equal protection of the law for another 150 years. How did this

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"All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights-" wedded the American soul to the concept that freedom comes from our humanity, not from the government. But American governments legally suspended the free will of blacks for 150 years, and then denied blacks equal protection of the law for another 150 years. How did this happen in America, how were the Constitution and laws of the land twisted so as to institutionalize racism, and how did it or will it end? In a refreshingly candid book, Dred Scott's Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom In America, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano takes a no-holds-barred look at the role of the government in the denial of freedoms based on race.

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ISBN-13:
2901595552654
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
04/21/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction....................xi
1. Slavery Comes to the New World....................1
2. American Slavery....................14
3. Ratifying and Interpreting the Constitution....................33
4. Dred Scott and the Missouri Compromise....................51
5. The Civil War....................68
6. Abraham Lincoln and Human Freedom....................89
7. Reconstruction: Military Rule in the Post-Civil War South....................104
8. Jim Crow....................122
9. The Federal Government Orchestrates Racism....................141
10. Black Education in the South and the End of Jim Crow After Brown v. Board of Education....................162
11. The Civil Rights Legislation of the 1960s and Afterward....................178
12. How Democrats and Republicans Use Racial Rhetoric to Get Elected....................198
13. Justice and Law Enforcement....................210
14. Baseball....................227
Conclusion....................246
Acknowledgments....................250
A Word About Thomas Jefferson....................252
Notes....................254
Bibliography....................274
Index....................278

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Dred Scott's Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an easy read, and it really makes you think about how life was back then. This is one of the best books I've read.
RetPastorRon More than 1 year ago
I greatly appreciated the author's panoramic presentation of the legal and political relations between white and black people from before the American Revolution to the present. The author demonstrates a brilliant legal mind, a broad spectrum of impressive legal experience, and a clear and forceful articulation of his positions. He blasts the violations of natural law and the U.S. Constitution, and the damnable legal and hateful injustices inflicted on black people - with the Dred Scott a prime exhibit. It is valuable to see this overview and the author's principles and interpretations, also to see the positive gains in freedom for African-Americans, and hope for the future. I was stunned to read the author's persuasion that Abraham Lincoln should not be called the "Great Emancipator." The author also provides his significant view of Thomas Jefferson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me look through new eyes at events of my childhood/teen years. I grew up in the rural South and my ancestors were substantial slaveholders. I have taught school for 30 yrs. and I thought my eyes had been opened by my classroom experiences and Af. Am friends who are dear to me, but this book scratched off scabs and made me properly treat the wounds.
MizzEmily More than 1 year ago
What a provocative title! At least it's provocative if you know who Dred Scott is. If you don't know, take a side-trip to The History Place now, http://www.historyplace.com/lincoln/dred.htm. Judge Napolitano traces the history of racism in the United States from its origin in the institution of slavery to the present day. He weaves a fascinating story of how the government (which is supposed to protect people) actually contributed to the establishment and continuation of slavery throughout the years. The most surprising portion for me was the section on Lincoln and the Civil War. The judge points out that many other countries managed to abolish slavery without resorting to war. Why, then, was it necessary in the United States? The short answer is: POLITICS. Lincoln was motivated by politics like most others who manage to get elected to national office. He actually never completely denounced slavery during the time he was running for office or while he was in the White House. Political considerations always prevailed. When I started reading this book, I expected a lot of legal lingo, and I was concerned that I might not fully understand it all. However, Napolitano's writing style is very much like his speaking style (if you've heard him explain legal matters on FoxNews). It's not the type of book you read for recreational purposes, but I highly recommend it to every American who thinks they understand how racism has affected American society.
Curious83 More than 1 year ago
Judge Napolitano does an excellent job of explaining the state of race relations in this country. He also does an excellent job of explaining that our view of the history of both slavery and the civil war is seriously flawed.
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LauraN More than 1 year ago
Judge Andrew Napolitano starts with a bang. He is challenging the attitudes and actions of the founding fathers in the introduction and doesn't slow down after that. The book covers history, politics, judicial rulings, and long-term effects of each major step in our nation's path. The author offers a framework for looking at slavery and then uses that framework to show the wrong choices and bad values that kept slavery, segregation, and the view that blacks were an inferior race alive for so long in the United States. He challenges a lot of what I learned in school and backs it up pretty well. He argues a few things that I am still not convinced about but that doesn't detract from the truth of the book. Even if I think the founding fathers had little choice if they were going to create a united country, his point is well made when it goes on for another 200 years and not only does the federal government allow the South to keep slavery/segregation, but then it institutionalizes it across the entire nation. He teaches more than just racism and sees more concerns with our government's behavior than just race-related. But the arena of race is an excellent example of the issues and a subject worthy of more attention and effort. This book will challenge common knowledge about the history of race relations in the US. It will convince you the battle isn't over.
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