Race, Racism, and American Law

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Aspen Law & Business, 2000 - Law - 1034 pages
This major revision of a groundbreaking casebook sets the foundation for an intriguing course in civil rights or race and the law. Now accompanied by a Teacher's Manual for the first time, RACE, RACISM, AND AMERICAN LAW, Fourth Edition, is a penetrating and provocative analysis of the role of race in American law and society by the noted author and the originator of critical race theory.
This scrupulously revised casebook now offers:
an appendix of lightly edited historical and contemporary cases for instructors who prefer a fuller case treatment
expanded coverage that includes Latino and Asian minorities
commentary on the Supreme Court's conception of a 'color-blind' society and its effects on voting, employment, and affirmative action
discussion of Professor Lani Guinier's views on proportional representation
consideration of the disproportionately high percentage of blacks and Hispanics in American prisons
an examination of the role of the media in propagating societal fear of minorities
new cases in employment discrimination
analysis of the impact of the technological age on workers with minimal skills
Bell uses a wide range of materials to convey important points:
Interdisciplinary excerpts from historical, sociological, and psychological publications provide comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the subject.
In each chapter, creative hypothetical exercises in consciousness-raising help students realize the insidious nature and complex consequences of racism in the United States.
Seminal cases from the annals of history show the relevance of past events to contemporary race relations.
Original critical race theory supplies essential perspective while allowing students to reach their own conclusions.
If you haven't already used Derrick Bell's pioneering casebook, this all-new edition and its helpful Teacher's Manual will make you want to reconsider. Repeat users will be able to revitalize their presentation through the updated, expanded content and new Appendix of cases that still preserve the distinctive character of the book.

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A lawyer, educator, and writer, Derrick Bell was educated at both Duquesne University and Pittsburgh University. He was the first African American professor to be tenured at Harvard Law School. He was the dean of the University of Oregon Law School and a professor at the New York University Law School. Bell has held such positions as executive director of the Western Center on Law and Poverty at the University of California, counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and deputy director of the Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Bell has contributed writing to the following publications: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and UCLA legal journals, Essence, Mother Jones, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. He has written Race, Racism and American Law and the story, Space Traders, which was adapted as a movie for HBO.

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