Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader

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Offering a wealth of primary sources, Race and Liberty in America examines the antiracist, classical liberal tradition of individual liberty and equality, including the fight for abolition and the allied struggles against Chinese exclusion, abuse of Native Americans, Jim Crow, and Japanese internment. Editor Jonathan Bean provides a new interpretation of race relations, moving beyond the liberal and conservative perspectives that often dominate the topic. He analyzes numerous documents, from the Declaration of ...

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Overview

Offering a wealth of primary sources, Race and Liberty in America examines the antiracist, classical liberal tradition of individual liberty and equality, including the fight for abolition and the allied struggles against Chinese exclusion, abuse of Native Americans, Jim Crow, and Japanese internment. Editor Jonathan Bean provides a new interpretation of race relations, moving beyond the liberal and conservative perspectives that often dominate the topic. He analyzes numerous documents, from the Declaration of Independence to the 2006 Open Letter on Immigration and beyond, exploring America's entire race history. Citing such influential Americans as Thomas Jefferson, Louis Marshall, and Frederick Douglass, as well as individuals missing from previous investigations, Bean demonstrates the major impact of classical liberal thought on race relations and analyzes how it has helped shape both law and culture.

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""Race and Liberty in America is an original and much-needed anthology, indispensable for any serious discussion of race relations in American history. The first-rate introductions and selections provide a fabulous resource for both teachers and students. Genuinely inspired." -- Paul Moreno, William and Berniece Grewcock Chair in Constitutional History, Hillsdale College" --

"If you are interested in the real history of the Civil Rights movement in America -- the radical ideas that set it in motion no matter where they came from -- then get ready for an intellectual thrill ride. There is no time for political posturing here. Race and Liberty in America is full of revelations and stunning in its honesty." -- Juan Williams, NPR

""With its wide collection of writings on race and immigration, Race and Liberty neatly sidesteps left-right characterization and permits the pure ideas of those who endeavored to focus the debate on our common origins, dignity, and destiny to shine through…it provides an insight into the intellectual foundation of civil right s traditions firmly rooted in American principles: individual freedom, equality before the law and fidelity to the Constitution."" -- Cerere Kihoro, Freedoms Journal Magazine Blog

"Bean and the Independent Institute perform a generous service by compiling a treasure trove of historical documents that create a comprehensive account of the progression of race relations in American history." -- Cerere Kihoro, The Birmingham Times

"An enlightening read that will leave the reader feeling both inspired and optimistic about the future." -- TheNewAmerican.com

"The editor compels the reader to think about our society's evolution as he provides the materials necessary to consider its direction." -- Salisbury Post

"He celebrates the end of slavery, anti-immigration laws, and race-based quotas, and rejects the legitimacy of racial pride, diversity, and affirmative action." -- Choice

"Focusing on pieces that exemplify aspects of classical liberalism, including independence from government and individual freedom, the editor provides a primary sourcebook for stories "of people and the difference they made in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds."" -- Rebecca Price

"Bean balances readable and relatively short excerpts with intelligent commentary in the introductions. The big message of the book is that many of our great thinkers shared the vision that equality and progress will result from freedom, not the heavy and coercive hand of the State." -- Foundation for Economic Education, Freeman

""A comprehensive and vital resource for scholars and students of civil liberties, Race and Liberty in America presents a wealth of primary sources that trace the evolution of civil rights throughout U.S. history." -- BookBargainsandPreviews.com

""[This] book reflects what Bean continuously emphasizes about civil rights in America... 'It involves 100 percent of the population."--Southern Illinoisan" --

""Anyone, from students to academics to civic leaders and the wider reading public, will find it indispensable to a study of the subjects of race, liberty, American political history and sociology."--Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World" --

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813125459
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 6/18/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Bean is professor of history at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is the author of Beyond the Broker State: Federal Policies Toward Small Business, 1936-1961 and Big Government and Affirmative Action: The Scandalous History of the Small Business Administration.

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Table of Contents

List of Documents xiii

Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction: Civil Rights and Classical Liberalism 1

1 Antislavery (1776-1853) 13

2 The Republican Era (1854-1876) 45

3 Colorblindness in a Color-Conscious Era (1877-1920) 77

4 Republicans and Race (1921-1932) 137

5 The Roosevelt Years (1933-1945) 163

6 Classical Liberals in the Civil Rights Era (1946-1964) 185

7 Individualists in an Age of Group Discrimination (1965-Present) 231

Conclusion: Past, Present, Future 307

Index 315

About the Editor 331

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