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Shades of freedom : racial politics and presumptions of the American legal process

Author: A Leon Higginbotham, Jr.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Oxford University Press pbk. [ed.]View all editions and formats
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Higginbotham provides a magisterial account of the interaction between law and racial oppression in America from colonial times to the present, demonstrating how the one agent that was entrusted to guarantee equal justice under the law - the judicial system - instead, more often played a dominant role in enforcing the inferior position of blacks, and, on some occasions, eradicated racial injustice. The precept of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A Leon Higginbotham, Jr.
ISBN: 0195122887 9780195122886 9780195038224 0195038223
OCLC Number: 39933431
Notes: Originally published: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Description: xxxii, 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Contents: My forty-year journey in formulating the precepts --
The precept of inferiority --
The ancestry of inferiority (1619-1662) --
The ideology of inferiority (1662-1830) --
The politics of inferiority (1830-1865) --
The constitutional language of slavery: from non-disclosure to abolition, 1787-1866 --
The dream of freedom and its demise --
The Supreme Court's sanction of racial hatred: the 1883 civil rights cases --
The Supreme Court's legitimization of racism: Plessy v. Ferguson: a case wrongly decided --
Too inferior to be their neighbor --
Unequal justice in the state criminal justice system --
Limiting the seeds of race hatred: the Charles Evans Hughes Supreme Court era (1930-1941) --
Voting rights, pluralism, and political power --
The ten precepts of American slavery jurisprudence.
Responsibility: A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.
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In 'Shades of Freedom', A. Leon Higginbotham provides a magisterial account of the interaction between the law and racial oppression in America from colonial times to the present. The issue of racial  Read more...

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