Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History

Paperback | April 15, 2002

EditorAnnette Gordon-Reed

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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 becamethe 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 theoutcome 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.

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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 becamethe trials of the century of their time; and ...

Annette Gordon-Reed is at New York Law School.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:April 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195122801

ISBN - 13:9780195122800

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"Together, the twelve cases in Race On Trial cover a long span of US legal history, and the authors provide fascinating biographies of the litigants behind the court cases. Overall, Gordon-Reed has compiled a fascinating collections by impressive scholars on important racially-orientedtrials."-- Law and Politics Book Review