Perversions of Justice: Indigenous Peoples and Anglo-american Law

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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 through a series of 11 carefully crafted essays 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 ...

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Overview

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 through a series of 11 carefully crafted essays 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 dia-metrically 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 in which "what we say goes" at the dawn of the third millennium.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872864115
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ward Churchill has achieved an unparalleled reputation as a scholar-activist and analyst of indigenous issues. He is a Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a leading member of AIM, and the author of numerous books, including A Little Matter of Genocide, Struggle for the Land, and Fantasies of the Master Race.

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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 America 1
Rights of Conquest: The Devolution of a Myth in International Law 33
Stolen Kingdom: The Right of Hawai'i to Decolonization 73
Charades, Anyone?: The Indian Claims Commission in Context 125
A Breach of Trust: The Radioactive Colonization of Native North America 153
The Crucible of American Indian Identity: Native Tradition versus Colonial Imposition in Postconquest North America 201
Forbidding the "G-Word": Holocaust Denial as Judicial Doctrine in Canada 247
The Bloody Wake of Alcatraz: Repression of the American Indian Movement During the 1970s 263
"To Judge Them by the Standards of Their Time": America's Indian Fighters, the Laws of War and the Question of International Order 303
App. A United Nations Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples December 14, 1960 405
App. B Congressional Apology to Native Hawaiians November 23, 1993 408
App. C Draft United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples August 26, 1994 414
App. D National Security Council Memorandum on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples January 18, 2001 427
Index 433
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