Black Resistance/White Law: A History of Constitutional Racism in America

Black Resistance/White Law: A History of Constitutional Racism in America

by Mary Frances Berry

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ISBN-13: 9781101650851
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/1995
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 619 KB

About the Author

Mary Frances Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, and the author of nine books. The recipient of thirty-three honorary degrees, she has been chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, is a regular contributor to Politico, and has appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher, Anderson Cooper 360, The Daily Show, Tavis Smiley, and PBS's NewsHour.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
1 Foundations of Repression
1(4)
2 The Law of Black Suppression
5(9)
3 Defiant Slaves and Defiant States
14(13)
4 The Seminole War as a Black Freedom Movement: Phase One
27(14)
5 The Seminole War as a Black Freedom Movement: Phase Two
41(12)
6 Abolition and the Abrogation of Civil Liberties
53(8)
7 Controlling Blacks During the Civil War
61(8)
8 The Bottom Remains on the Bottom
69(12)
9 Changing Modes of Oppression: 1877-1900
81(16)
10 Riots, Lynchings, and Federal Quiescence
97(11)
11 Moving Off Dead Center
108(14)
12 The Illusion of a New Era
122(13)
13 Toward Federal Protection
135(11)
14 The States Act Despite Themselves
146(20)
15 Riots, Rebellion, and Repression
166(27)
16 Protests and Renewed Violence
193(23)
17 More Rebellion and Repression
216(24)
18 Still the "Disquieting" Presence
240(5)
Notes 245(44)
Bibliographical Note 289(6)
Appendix: Excerpts from the United States Code 295(10)
Index 305

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“Once you’ve read this book, your understanding of race relations and your vision of America will be changed forever.”—Don Edwards, former U.S. Representative 

Black Resistance/White Law offers an opportunity to revisit a historical experience that the successes of the civil rights movement of the past fifty years have allowed many of us to forget.”—Chicago Tribune

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read my post at res2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it! And l like Ripplestar's justification for saying he'd always love her. And thanks for putting JaySong in!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I &heart it Reflection!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laughter. Laughter and stares. That was all Whitekit had known. A few hours after Oceanheart had diagnosed her, it spread like wildfire around camp. Everybody knows now. Winterkit's an albino. Some cats looked as disgusted as Ripplestar was when he left his mate and kit. Other, mainly apprentices, wouldn't get closer than twenty feet of her, as if she were contaigous. But most would snicker and stare deep into her red eyes. "How rude," she muttered to herself. The only cats who supported her was her own mother, Crystalsky, Jaysong, Foxkit, Lilykit, Harepaw, and Dirtpaw. Winterkit's paws lead her to the fresh-kill pile. She was most aprentice- she didn't need her mother's milk anymore. Unfortunately, Ripplestar was crouched near it, gnawing the marrow out of a sparrow's bone. Winterkit was so deep in thought she didn't see her father there! There was no turning away now. He already saw her. <br> "Hello, Red Eyes," he spat, eyes gleaming in humor and hatred. <br> "I thought you said you'd love me no matter what," Winterkit meowed, staring strait into her father's eyes with confidence. <br> "Oh, silly me. I must've been confused. Of course, that was before you opened our eyes. Oh, how beautiful you must've been if only they were light blue, or forest green...." It took all her will not to rip her father's tongue off. <br> "Ripplestar, I'm sure you have better things to do than insult your own kit. Come here, Winterkit." The voice startled her, and Winterkit looked behind her to see Jaysong speaking, Lilykit and Foxkit peeking out from behind her. Without waiting for the leader to respond, she bounded off after Jaysong and her two kits. <br> "Lilykit and Foxkit saw Ripplestar taunt you like that. They asked me to do something." Jaysong explained. Lilykit smiled at her friend, and Foxkit blushed in embarassment. <br> "Thank you guys!" Winterkit purred. She dared to look back to see Ripplestar buissily chatting with Owlblizzard, the deputy, occasionally glancing up at his daughter. Winterkit quickly look away and trotted to catch up with Jaysong's family. <p> Later that day, when Crystalsky had come back from hunting, she quickly groomed Winterkit's fur. She completely forgotten; her apprentice ceremony was today! <br> "Remember to stand strait; be sure to show off your unique eyes. Let everyone know that you're different and you're proud. It's a blessing from StarClan; I just know it." <p> "Let all cats old enough to win their own battle gather!" Ripplestar yowled. This was it. "I hope your mom is my mentor," Winterkit mewled to Lilykit and Foxkit. The sibling were about to reply when Winterkit's father summoned them up. <br> "Winterkit, from this moment until you recieve your Warrior name, you will be known as Winterkit. Jaysong, you constantly show kindness and selflessness. Pass this on to Winterpaw." Winterpaw was shocked at how nice her father was being to her. Jaysong? She thought he'd mentor her himself just to make her life more miserable. Is he feeling guilty? Will my father have a change of heart? Not wanting to think anymore about it, the nely named Witerpaw touched noses with Jaysong gratefully. Lilypaw's mentor was Jumpflare, and Foxpaw's was Owlblizzard. <br> "Winterpaw! Lilypaw! Foxpaw!" Crystalsky, Harepaw, Dirtpaw, and Jaysong chanted. The rest of the Clan joined in after Winterpaw's name. (I will introduce the rest of the charactors in the next chapter. Not l of them will be nice to Winter, just so y know! -Reflections