Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader

Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader

by Jonathan Bean
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Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader by Jonathan Bean

Offering a wealth of primary sources, Race and Liberty in America examines the antiracist, classical liberal tradition of individual liberty and equality, including the fight for abolition and the allied struggles against Chinese exclusion, abuse of Native Americans, Jim Crow, and Japanese internment. Editor Jonathan Bean provides a new interpretation of race relations, moving beyond the liberal and conservative perspectives that often dominate the topic. He analyzes numerous documents, from the Declaration of Independence to the 2006 Open Letter on Immigration and beyond, exploring America's entire race history. Citing such influential Americans as Thomas Jefferson, Louis Marshall, and Frederick Douglass, as well as individuals missing from previous investigations, Bean demonstrates the major impact of classical liberal thought on race relations and analyzes how it has helped shape both law and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813139067
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 08/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jonathan Bean is professor of history at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is the author of Beyond the Broker State: Federal Policies Toward Small Business, 1936-1961 and Big Government and Affirmative Action: The Scandalous History of the Small Business Administration.

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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