Heretics In The Temple

Heretics In The Temple

by Kenneth Rose
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814766323

ISBN-13: 9780814766323

Pub. Date: 09/05/2000

Publisher: New York University Press

Americans seem increasingly disenchanted with their legal system. In the wake of several high-profile trials, America's faith in legal authority appears profoundly shaken.

And yet, as David Ray Papke shows in this dramatic and erudite tour of American history, many Americans have challenged and often rejected the rule of law since the earliest days of the country

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Overview

Americans seem increasingly disenchanted with their legal system. In the wake of several high-profile trials, America's faith in legal authority appears profoundly shaken.

And yet, as David Ray Papke shows in this dramatic and erudite tour of American history, many Americans have challenged and often rejected the rule of law since the earliest days of the country's founding. Papke traces the lineage of such legal heretics from nineteenth-century activists William Lloyd Garrison and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, through Eugene Debs, and up to more recent radicals, such as the Black Panther Party, anti-abortionists, and militia members. A tradition of American legal heresy clearly emerges—linked together by a body of shared references, idols, and commitments—that problematizes the American belief in legal neutrality and highlights the historical conflicts between law and justice. Questioning the legal faith both peculiar and essential to American mythology, this alternative tradition is in itself an overlooked feature of American history and culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814766323
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Series:
Critical America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1A Legal Faith for the New Republic1
2William Lloyd Garrison: From Abolition to Anarchism24
3Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Women's Natural Rights and the Revolt against Gendered Legalism51
4Eugene Debs: Law-Related Socialist Conversion, Catechism, and Evangelism76
5The Black Panther Party: A Study in Legal Cynicism106
6Legal Heresy Today: Militia, Anti-Abortion Activists, and Beyond134
Notes155
Bibliographical Essay189
Index195
About the Author201

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