In the Matter of Color: Race and the American Legal Process. The Colonial Period
I knew there was an indisputable nexus between the dark shadow of repression under which, historically, most American blacks have lived and the rioting occurring within ten blocks of the White House. Why, I thought to myself, in the land of the free and the home of the brave, had even brave blacks so often failed to get free? Why had that very legal process that had been devised to protect the rights of individuals against the will of the government and the whim of the majority been often employed so malevolently against blacks?
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If you want to do history and law, start with this book.
-Vanessa Holloway, author of Getting Away With Murder; In Search of Federal Enforcement; Black Rights in the Reconstruction Era.
From what I have read this book has motivated me into reading more into my African American History on Slavery and the Legal System as a whole.
Slaves and the Pilgrims
From HalfFreedom to Slavery
Blacks in New York A fter the War 13 8
White MinorityBlack Majority
Legislative Enforcement of Racial Slavery
From Antislavery to Slavery
The Case of James Sommersett A Negro
The Legacy of Sommersett
The Moral Antecedents for Challenging in 1776
IN THE MATTER OF COLOR