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Other titles in the Primary Documents in American History & Contemporary Issues series:
Equal Protection and the African American Constitutional Experience: A Documentary History (Primary Documents in American History & Contemporary Issues)by Robert P. Green
Synopses & Reviews
Trace the roots of the concept of equal protection from the American Revolution and the formation of the Constitution through its application today using this collection of 177 primary documents from a variety of sources. Students can use this unique reference resource to examine the tension between the concept of equal protection and recognition of slavery in the constitutional order, to explore the devaluing and revitalizing of the 14th and 15th Constitutional amendments from the era of Jim Crow through the Civil Rights movement, and to study current court rulings on equal protection of the law. Petitions, laws, court decisions, personal accounts, and a variety of other documents bring to life the experiences of African Americans in the American constitutional order.
Book News Annotation:
A collection of 177 (edited) documents that relate to the protection (or lack thereof) afforded to African Americans by the U.S. Constitution from the beginnings of the republic to 1989. The majority of the documents are judicial decisions related to constitutional law (such as and but other examples of included documents are the "grandfather" statutes of the post-bellum south, the Constitutional provisions related to the return of slaves, and California's recent propositions attacking affirmative action programs.
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ing on the concept of equal protection of the laws.
Reflects the African American experience within the U.S. constitutional order, focusin
About the Author
ROBERT P. GREEN, JR. is Professor of Educational Foundations at Clemson University.
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