Black Resistance, White Law: A History of Constitutional Racism in America

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A. Lane, 1994 - Law - 319 pages
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in 1619 through the founding of the nation, from the Civil War and Reconstruction to the Reagan-Bush years and the Howard Beach, Yusef Hawkins, and Rodney King incidents, federal law enforcement has pleaded lack of authority against white violence while endorsing surveillance of black rebels and using "constitutional" military force against them. Whether by action or inaction, the national government has used the Constitution to deny blacks their effective legal rights.

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Foundations of Repression
The Law of Black Suppression
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About the author (1994)

Mary Frances Berry was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She received a bachelor's and master's degree at Howard University, a doctorate in history from the University of Michigan, and a juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Dr. Berry has received many awards for her public service and scholarly activities, among them the NAACP's Roy Wilkins Award and Image Award, the Rosa Parks Award of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Ebony Magazine Black Achievement Award.
In addition to having been the chairperson of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission for eleven years, Dr. Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches history of American law. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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