Long, Lingering Shadow Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere

ISBN-10: 0820344311
ISBN-13: 9780820344317
Edition: 2013
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 2/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188

Students of American history know of the law’s critical role in systematizing a racial hierarchy in the United States. Showing that this history is best appreciated in a comparative perspective, The Long, Lingering Shadowlooks at the parallel legal histories of race relations in the United States, Brazil, and Spanish America. Robert J. Cottrol takes the reader on a journey from the origins of New World slavery in colonial Latin America to current debates and litigation over affirmative action in Brazil and the United States, as well as contemporary struggles against racial discrimination and Afro-Latin invisibility in the Spanish-speaking nations of the hemisphere.Ranging across such topics as slavery, emancipation, scientific racism, immigration policies, racial classifications, and legal processes, Cottrol unravels a complex odyssey. By the eve of the Civil War, the U.S. slave system was rooted in a legal and cultural foundation of racial exclusion unmatched in the Western Hemisphere. That system’s legacy was later echoed in Jim Crow, the practice of legally mandated segregation. Jim Crow in turn caused leading Latin Americans to regard their nations as models of racial equality because their laws did not mandate racial discrimination— a belief that masked very real patterns of racism throughout the Americas. And yet, Cottrol says, if the United States has had a history of more-rigid racial exclusion, since the Second World War it has also had a more thorough civil rights revolution, with significant legal victories over racial discrimination. Cottrol explores this remarkable transformation and shows how it is now inspiring civil rights activists throughout the Americas.

MU: Emeritus Professor of History and Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University; co-author of Documents of American Constitutional and Legal History, Volumes 1 & 2, 2e (OUP, 2001). PF: Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School, co-author of Documents of American Constitutional and Legal History, Volumes 1 & 2, 2e (OUP, 2001) and American Legal History, 3e (OUP 2004).

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Our Bondage and Our Freedom
Casta y Color, Movilidad y Ambig�edad: Slavery and Race in the Spanish Empire
Terra de Nosso Senhor: The Paradox of Race and Slavery in Brazil
Race, Democracy, and Inequality: Origins of the American Dilemma
A White Man's Country
Blanqueamiento: Building White Nations in Spanish America
No Pa�s do Futuro: Brazil's Journey from National Whitening to "Racial Democracy"
Jim Crow: The House the Law Built
From Emancipation to Equality
An American Sea Change: The Law's Power and Limitations
Um Pa�s para Todos? The Brazilian Journey from Racial Democracy to Racial Reform
New Awakenings in Spanish America
Epilogue
Notes
Glossary of Spanish and Portuguese Terms
Bibliography
Index

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