Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader

Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader

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by Jonathan Bean, Gail Saari
     
 

The history of civil rights in the United States is usually analyzed and interpreted through the lenses of modern conservatism and progressive liberalism. In Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader, author Jonathan Bean argues that the historical record does not conveniently fit into either of these categories and that knowledge of the American

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The history of civil rights in the United States is usually analyzed and interpreted through the lenses of modern conservatism and progressive liberalism. In Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader, author Jonathan Bean argues that the historical record does not conveniently fit into either of these categories and that knowledge of the American classical liberal tradition is required to gain a more accurate understanding of the past, present, and future of civil liberties in the nation. By assembling and contextualizing classic documents, from the Declaration of Independence to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision banning school assignment by race, Bean demonstrates that classical liberalism differs from progressive liberalism in emphasizing individual freedom, Christianity, the racial neutrality of the Constitution, complete color-blindness, and free-market capitalism. 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813192314
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
06/18/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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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