And We Are Not Saved: The Elusive Quest For Racial Justice

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Basic Books, Aug 1, 2008 - Social Science - 304 pages
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A distinguished legal scholar and civil rights activist employs a series of dramatic fables and dialogues to probe the foundations of America’s racial attitudes and raise disturbing questions about th

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And we are not saved: the elusive quest for racial justice

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Bell, a professor of law at Harvard, addresses the problem of race in a novel way. Rather than using a dry "casebook'' approach, he makes his point through fantasy. A mythical character, Geneva ... Read full review

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Vivid and accessible treatment of the history of the Constitution. Necessary reading not only regarding race but also concerning the real function of law in the United States—protection of profits and property, not people.

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Part II The Social Affliction of Racism
Part III Divining a Nations Salvation

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Page 35 - I wish most sincerely there was not a slave in the province ; it always appeared a most iniquitous scheme to me to fight ourselves for what we are daily robbing and plundering from those who have as good a right to freedom as we have.
Page 32 - There are some things in the new form, I will readily acknowledge, which never did, and I am persuaded never will, obtain my cordial approbation ; but I did then conceive, and do now most firmly believe, that in the aggregate it is the best constitution, that can be obtained at this epoch, and that this, or a dissolution of the Union, awaits our choice, and is the only alternative before us.
Page 35 - ... ought to be considered as justly exposing us to the displeasure and vengeance of Him who is equally Lord of all, and who views with equal eye the poor African slave and his American master.
Page 28 - The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, — the most unremitting despotism on the one part and degrading submissions on the other.
Page 33 - The admission of slaves into the representation, when fairly explained, comes to this, that the inhabitant of Georgia and South Carolina who goes to the coast of Africa, and, in defiance of the most sacred laws of humanity, tears away his fellow creatures from...
Page 38 - Slavery discourages arts and manufactures. The poor despise labor when performed by slaves. They prevent the immigration of whites who really enrich and strengthen a country. They produce the most pernicious effect on manners. Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of Heaven on a country.

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Derrick Bell is professor of law at the Harvard Law School.

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