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Race on Trial Law and Justice in American History

ISBN-10: 0195122801
ISBN-13: 9780195122800
Edition: 2002
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Description: This 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/5/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

This 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.

Annette Gordon-Reed grew up in east Texas. She majored in History at Dartmouth College, graduating in 1981, and then attended Harvard Law School. Gordon-Reed worked as an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel and was Counsel to the New York City Board of Corrections before becoming a professor of law at New York Law School in 1992. Gordon-Reed wrote the book Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy after first becoming interested in the president as a child. She co-authored Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir and wrote Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History. Gordon-Reed is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Hemingses of Monticello.

Contributors
Introduction
The Impact of the Amistad Case on Race and Law in America (1841)
The Dred Scott Case (1857)
Celia's Case (1857)
Race, Identity, and the Law: Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
Jack Johnson versus the American Racial Hierarchy (1913)
Twenty Years on Trial: Takuji Yamashita's Struggle for Citizenship (1922)
A White Woman's Word: The Scottsboro Case (1931)
Korematsu v. United States Revisited: 1944 and 1983 (1944)
Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
Interracial Marriage on Trial: Loving v. Virginia (1967)
Race, Affirmative Action, and Higher Education on Trial: Regents v. Bakke (1978)
Black and White: The O. J. Simpson Case (1995)
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