Inherently Unequal The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903

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ISBN-13: 9780802778857
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Description: A potent and original examination of how the Supreme Court subverted justice and empowered the Jim Crow era.In the years following the Civil War, the 13th Amendment abolished slavery; the 14th conferred citizenship and equal protection under the law  More...

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List price: $17.00
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

A potent and original examination of how the Supreme Court subverted justice and empowered the Jim Crow era.In the years following the Civil War, the 13th Amendment abolished slavery; the 14th conferred citizenship and equal protection under the law to white and black; and the 15th gave black American males the right to vote. In 1875, the most comprehensive civil rights legislation in the nation's history granted all Americans "the full and equal enjoyment" of public accommodations. Just eight years later, the Supreme Court, by an 8-1 vote, overturned the Civil Rights Act as unconstitutional and, in the process, disemboweled the equal protection provisions of the 14th Amendment. Using court records and accounts of the period, Lawrence Goldstone chronicles how "by the dawn of the 20th century the U.S. had become the nation of Jim Crow laws, quasi-slavery, and precisely the same two-tiered system of justice that had existed in the slave era."The very human story of how and why this happened makeInherently Unequalas important as it is provocative. Examining both celebrated decisions like Plessy v. Ferguson and those often overlooked, Goldstone demonstrates how the Supreme Court turned a blind eye to the obvious reality of racism, defending instead the business establishment and status quo--thereby legalizing the brutal prejudice that came to define the Jim Crow era.

prologue: A Death in Georgia
Construction and Reconstruction: Two Great Experiments
Beyond Party or Politics: The Capitalists Ascend
Another Reconstruction: The Lincoln Court
Siege: Congress Counterattacks
Bad Science and Big Money
Corporate Presidency: Ulysses Grant and the Court
Equality Frays: Cruikshank and Reese
1876: Justice Bradley Disposes
A Jury of One's Peers: Strauder and Rives
Deconstruction: The Civil Rights Cases
Floodgates; The Rebirth of White Rule
Blurring the Boundaries: The Expansion of Due Process
Confluence: Plessy v. Ferguson
One Man, No Vote: Williams v. Mississippi
Mr. Justice Holmes Concurs
Movement
Epilogue A Charade of Justice
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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