Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History / Edition 1

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is book of twelve original essays will bring together two themes of American culture: law and race. The essays fall into four groups: cases that are essential to the history of race in America; cases that illustrate the treatment of race in American history; cases of great fame that became the trials of the century of their time; and cases that made important law. Some of the cases discussed include Amistad, Dred Scott, Plessy v. Ferguson, Scottsboro, Korematsu v. US, Brown v. Board, Loving v. Virginia, Regents v. Bakke, and OJ Simpson. All illustrate how race often determined the outcome of trials, and how trials that confront issues of racism provide a unique lens on American cultural history. Cases include African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Caucasians. Contributors include a mix of junior and senior scholars in law schools and history departments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195122800
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Viewpoints on American Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction 3
1 The Impact of the Amistad Case on Race and Law in America (1841) 14
2 The Dred Scott Case (1857) 26
3 Celia's Case (1857) 48
4 Race, Identity, and the Law: Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) 61
5 Jack Johnson versus the American Racial Hierarchy (1913) 77
6 Twenty Years on Trial: Takuji Yamashita's Struggle for Citizenship (1922) 103
7 A White Woman's Word: The Scottsboro Case (1931) 118
8 Korematsu v. United States Revisited: 1944 and 1983 (1944) 139
9 Brown v. Board of Education (1954) 160
10 Interracial Marriage on Trial: Loving v. Virginia (1967) 177
11 Race, Affirmative Action, and Higher Education on Trial: Regents v. Bakke (1978) 197
12 Black and White: The O. J. Simpson Case (1995) 214
Suggested Readings 233
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