Heretics In The Temple

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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: 9/5/2000
  • Series: Critical America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

David Ray Papke is R. Bruce Townsend Professor of Law at the Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis and Professor of Liberal Arts at Indiana University–Purdue University in Indianapolis. He is the author of Narrative and the Legal Discourse and Framing the Criminal: Crime, Cultural Work, and the Loss of Critical Perspective, 1830-1900

He is now a Professor of Law at Marquette University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 A Legal Faith for the New Republic 1
2 William Lloyd Garrison: From Abolition to Anarchism 24
3 Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Women's Natural Rights and the Revolt against Gendered Legalism 51
4 Eugene Debs: Law-Related Socialist Conversion, Catechism, and Evangelism 76
5 The Black Panther Party: A Study in Legal Cynicism 106
6 Legal Heresy Today: Militia, Anti-Abortion Activists, and Beyond 134
Notes 155
Bibliographical Essay 189
Index 195
About the Author 201
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