In the Matter of Color

In the Matter of Color : Race and the American Legal Process 1: The Colonial Period

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Focusing on the actions and attitudes of the courts, legislatures, and public servants in six colonies, Judge Higginbotham shows ways in which the law has contributed to injustices suffered by Black Americans
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Product details

  • Hardback | 544 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 43.18mm | 771.1g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195023870
  • 9780195023879

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Founded on comprehensive research, thoroughly documented, and well-written, In the Matter of Color is a contribution of the first importance to the study of racial issues in America, invaluable alike to students of American history, law, or society. * History * A definitive study of racism, slavery, and the law in early America. * American Historical Review * Chronicles in unrelenting detail the role of the law in the enslavement and subjugation of black Americans during the colonial period. No attempt to summarize the colonial experience could convey the rich and comprehensive detail which is the major strength of Judge Higginbotham's work. * Harvard Law Review *
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In his first book, Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., one of the first five African Americans to become a federal judge, shows how the law itself contributed to inflicting injustice on millions of Americans, solely on the basis of their color. For many readers - even those well-steeped in African-American studies or American history or the law - this book will stir new passions.
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