Race, Law, and American Society: 1607-Present / Edition 1

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This second edition of Gloria Browne-Marshall’s seminal work , tracing the history of racial discrimination in American law from colonial times to the present, is now available with major revisions. Throughout, she advocates for freedom and equality at the center, moving from their struggle for physical freedom in the slavery era to more recent battles for equal rights and economic equality. From the colonial period to the present, this book examines education, property ownership, voting rights, criminal justice, and the military as well as internationalism and civil liberties by analyzing the key court cases that established America’s racial system and demonstrating the impact of these court cases on American society. This edition also includes more on Asians, Native Americans, and Latinos. Race, Law, and American Society is highly accessible and thorough in its depiction of the role race has played, with the sanction of the U.S. Supreme Court, in shaping virtually every major American social institution.

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"I hope educators at every level are attracted to this book as a teaching tool."

—Derrick Bell, from the foreword

"Gloria Browne-Marshall's Race, Law, and American Society builds on the great vision of the late great Barbara Jordan: How will America become as great as its promise? Black courageous citizens have been at the forefront of this movement. This book is a gem."

—Cornel West, Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion, Princeton University

"Brilliantly researched, Gloria Browne-Marshall's history of Race, Law, and American Society is bold and challenging; dramatic, comprehensive, and galvanizing. Everyone concerned about justice and dignity, civility, the law and human survival will want to read, and assign this book."

—Blanche Wiesen Cook, University Distinguished Professor, John Jay College & The Graduate Center, CUNY and author of Eleanor Roosevelt

"In this sophisticated survey of Supreme Court decisions, Gloria Browne-Marshall shows African Americans working to make ‘liberty and justice’ more than rhetoric—by pressing judges to expand freedom’s scope from that for white men to the majority. All Americans owe Black Americans much for making the United States ever more democratic and justice-oriented."

—Joe R. Feagin, Ella C. McFadden Professor of Liberal Arts, Texas A & M University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415952941
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/20/2007
  • Series: Criminology and Justice Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, an Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, litigated Civil Rights and Public Law cases for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., Community Legal Services, and Southern Poverty Law Center, prior to academe. She is the author of The Constitution: Major Cases and Conflicts, founder of The Law and Policy Group, Inc., and a noted playwright.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Overview of Race and the Law in America 2. Race and the Struggle for Educational Opportunity 3. Property Rights and Restrictions 4. Civil Liberties and Racial Justice: Protest, Assembly, Marriage 5. Voting Rights and Restrictions 6. Race and the Military 7. Race, Crime and Injustice 8. Race and Internationalism. Afterword

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2007

    A Brilliant Much Needed Book

    This book is a brilliant must-read. As someone who works with social justice issues, I believe teachers, public policy analysts, social workers, judges, Americans generally, would better understand the race conflicts of today upon reading this book. I admire the fact that Browne-Marshall takes the major social justice and racialized issues of today, such as poor public schools, ghettos, criminal justice, and provides their concrete foundation in America's past. She reconnects the history of race discrimination with America's racialized situaion currently. The writing is open and understandable.

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