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Hate Crimes by Harold Bloom, Series Editor Alan M David L. Hudson Jr

Hate crimes are crimes that are motivated by prejudice against a person's race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender. Many people argue that these crimes should carry extra penalties because, in the words of former Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, "this conduct is thought to inflict greater individual and societal harm ... bias-motivated crimes are more likely to provoke retaliatory crimes, inflict distinct emotional harms on their victims, and incite community unrest." Opponents of hate-crime laws argue that extra penalties amount to prosecuting people for thought crimes and violate the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens. Hate Crimes examines both sides of this debate.

Each book in the Point/Counterpoint series offers all the statutes, legal opinions, and studies a student needs to structure a cohesive argument on a given controversial topic. Issues are presented from multiple points of view; sidebars cite laws, opinions, and court cases to aid in critical analysis; appendices help students conduct legal research; and all sources are fully documented.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604134377
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Point/Counterpoint Series: Issues in Contemporary American Society
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

One of our most popular, respected, and controversial literary critics, Yale University professor Harold Bloom¿s books ¿ about, variously, Shakespeare, the Bible, and the classic literature ¿ are as erudite as they are accessible.


New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

July 11, 1930

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955

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