The Legal Universe: Observations on the Foundations of American Law

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According to the authors, "whenever American minorities have raised voices of protest, they have been admonished to work within the legal system that seek its abolition." This essential work examines the historical evolution of the legal rights of various groups in America and the relationship between these rights and the philosophical intent of the founders.

Vine Deloria Jr. was named by Time magazine as one of the greatest religious thinkers of the twentieth century. He was a ...

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Overview

According to the authors, "whenever American minorities have raised voices of protest, they have been admonished to work within the legal system that seek its abolition." This essential work examines the historical evolution of the legal rights of various groups in America and the relationship between these rights and the philosophical intent of the founders.

Vine Deloria Jr. was named by Time magazine as one of the greatest religious thinkers of the twentieth century. He was a leading scholar who authored many acclaimed books, including God is Red: A Native View of Religion.

Professor David E. Wilkins holds the McKnight Presidential Professorship in American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555913618
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,484,507
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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Vine Deloria Jr. was named by TIME magazine as one of the greatest religious thinkers of the twentieth century. He was a leading Native American scholar whose research, writings, and teachings on history, law, religion, and political science have not only changed the face of Indian country, but stand to influence future generations of Native and non-Native Americans alike. He has authored many acclaimed books. Vine Deloria Jr. passed away on November 13, 2005.

Professor David E. Wilkins holds the McKnight Presidential Professorship in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. He has adjunct appointments in Political Science, Law, and American Studies. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill in 1990. Wilkins' research and teaching interests include indigenous politics and governance, federal Indian policy and law, comparative politics, and diplomacy and constitutional development.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Majesty of Law 15

Chapter 2 The Social Contract 29

Chapter 3 Certain Inalienable Rights 45

Chapter 4 "Existing in Contemplation of Law": Corporations and the Law 59

Chapter 5 "Three-fifths of All Other Persons": African Americans and the Law 83

Chapter 6 "Aliens," "Independent Peoples," or "Domestic Dependent Nations": Indigenous Nations and the Law 121

Chapter 7 "Those of a 'Delicate' Nature": Women and the Law 203

Chapter 8 "Alien Friends and Alien Enemies": Mexican Americans and the Law 231

Chapter 9 "Strangers in the Land": Asian Americans and the Law 259

Chapter 10 "In Their 'Best Interests'": Children and the Law 329

Chapter 11 "The State of Nature": The Natural World and the Law 345

Chapter 12 Expanding the Legal Universe 373

Notes 377

Bibliography 407

Case References 415

Index 419

About the Authors 434

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