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1 ACKERMAN, BRUCE. We The People, Volume 3: The Civil Rights Revolution.
Belknap Press, Cambridge: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The Civil Rights Revolution carries Bruce Ackerman's sweeping reinterpretation of constitutional history into the era beginning with Brown v. Board of Education. From Rosa Parks's courageous defiance, to Martin Luther King's resounding cadences in "I Have a Dream," to Lyndon Johnson's leadership of Congress, to the Supreme Court's decisions redefining the meaning of equality, the movement to end racial discrimination decisively changed our understanding of the Constitution. Ackerman anchors his discussion in the landmark statutes of the 1960s: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Challenging conventional legal analysis and arguing instead that constitutional politics won the day, he describes the complex interactions among branches of government—and also between government and the ordinary people who participated in the struggle. He showcases leaders such as Everett Dirksen, Hubert Humphrey, and Richard Nixon who insisted on real change, not just formal equality, for blacks and other minorities. The Civil Rights Revolution transformed the Constitution, but not through judicial activism or Article V amendments. The breakthrough was the passage of laws that ended the institutionalized humiliations of Jim Crow and ensured equal rights at work, in schools, and in the voting booth. This legislation gained congressional approval only because of the mobilized support of the American people—and their principles deserve a central place in the nation's history. Ackerman's arguments are especially important at a time when the Roberts Court is actively undermining major achievements of America's Second Reconstruction. Bruce Ackerman is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. "The Civil Rights Act turns 50 this year, and a wave of fine books accompanies the semicentennial. Ackerman's is the most ambitious; it is the third volume in an ongoing series on American constitutional history called We the People. A professor of law and political science at Yale, Ackerman likens the act to a constitutional amendment in its significance to the country's legal development."—Michael O'Donnell, The Atlantic "Ackerman has written an exhaustive examination of the civil rights movement based on his assertion that a complex mix of Supreme Court decisions, political action in Congress, and constitutional questions led to the landmark changes of the 1960s. He argues that the prevailing notion that Supreme Court decisions of the era led to lasting change only tells some of the story…Ackerman weaves political theory with historical detail, explaining how the civil rights movement evolved from revolution to mass movement and then to statutory law…This fascinating book takes a new look at a much-covered topic."—Becky Kennedy, Library Journal "[Ackerman] is a proponent of the so-called living Constitution and propounds eloquently that the American voters continually made their case for a collective We the People legitimization of power during what he calls the Second Reconstruction and the civil rights era. The struggle among all three branches of government has always decided this legitimacy, whether it was the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant in championing the Reconstruction Amendments, Franklin Roosevelt's court-packing to drive through his New Deal programs, or the Supreme Court's decision in the Jim Crow-shattering Brown v. Board of Education. In the case of the civil rights era, it took Lyndon Johnson's series of landmark statutes, passed through a liberal Congress, to institutionalize equality and amend the Constitution more powerfully than even the 24th Amendment (banning the poll tax) could. These statutes included the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Fair Housing Act of 1968. Yet it was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the bloody Selma march of 1965 that tipped Johnson's hand to bestow to American blacks 'the full blessings of American life.' The end of the dreaded poll tax and the unwavering support of President Richard Nixon for these same landmark statutes underscored the nation's egalitarian commitment… This is an erudite and passionately argued work."—Kirkus Reviews "It's a broad, meticulous approach to the topic that looks at the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the Second Reconstruction, and Brown v. Board of Education; and it celebrates how far Americans have come while working with what Ackerman suggests is an outmoded and flawed political system. He likewise condemns that Americans have become mired in the past, with pointed criticism of the current Roberts Court. Steeped in law and history, this is a complex, scholarly, and authoritative look at the volatile and pivotal era."—Publishers Weekly "Bruce Ackerman has written a magnificent, closely textured, political history of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its aftermath. One is surely not surprised that Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King are often on center stage, but many might be surprised—and then illuminated—to discover the important role played by Richard M. Nixon as well in Ackerman's often-riveting narrative."—Sanford Levinson, University of Texas School of Law "A splendid and brilliant book by the best and most sophisticated constitutional theorist in the United States, today, and possibly ever in American history. Professor Ackerman shows powerfully and irrefutably that there was a civil rights constitutional moment in the 1960s and that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 should be given the same weight by courts as an Article V constitutional amendment. This book is must reading for anyone interested in constitutional law or in civil rights."—Steven G. Calabresi, Northwestern University School of Law, co-founder of The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies "Bruce Ackerman has already transformed our understanding of the Constitution and constitutional interpretation. With this essential volume, he enables us to view the civil rights revolution in an entirely new way."—Laura Kalman, University of California, Santa Barbara "The American people have reconstructed their constitutional system from time to time, but these 'constitutional moments' never roll out exactly the same way. The Civil Rights Revolution, the third volume of the Ackerman synthesis, sorts through the differences among these transformations, bringing to light the common principles and processes that impart foundational status to their institutional and normative commitments. Today, with the legacy of the civil rights revolution in doubt, Ackerman's benchmarks are invaluable, both for assessing the constitutional commitments established in those years and for evaluating the legitimacy of efforts to upend them."—Stephen Skowronek, Yale University 
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2 ANDERSON, DEVERY S. WITH A FOREWORD BY JULIAN BOND. Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked The World And Propelled The Civil Rights Movement.
University Press of Mississippi, Jackson: Paperback Edition with a New Preface by the author. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
A gripping reexamination of the abduction and murder that galvanized the civil rights movement Emmett Till offers the first truly comprehensive account of the 1955 murder and its aftermath. It tells the story of Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old African American boy from Chicago brutally lynched for a harmless flirtation at a country store in the Mississippi Delta. His death and the acquittal of his killers by an all-white jury set off a firestorm of protests that reverberated all over the world and spurred on the civil rights movement. Like no other event in modern history, the death of Emmett Till provoked people all over the United States to seek social change. For six decades the Till story has continued to haunt the South as the lingering injustice of Till's murder and the aftermath altered many lives. Fifty years after the murder, renewed interest in the case led the Justice Department to open an investigation into identifying and possibly prosecuting accomplices of the two men originally tried. Between 2004 and 2005, the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the first real probe into the killing and turned up important information that had been lost for decades. This book will stand as the definitive work on Emmett Till for years to come. Incorporating much new information, the book demonstrates how the Emmett Till murder exemplifies the Jim Crow South at its nadir. The author accessed a wealth of new evidence. Anderson has made a dozen trips to Mississippi and Chicago to conduct research and interview witnesses and reporters who covered the trial. In Emmett Till Anderson corrects the historical record and presents this critical saga in its entirety. With a new preface by the author. 560 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 35 b&w photographs (approx.), foreword, appendix, bibliography, index. Devery S. Anderson, Salt Lake City, Utah, is a graduate of the University of Utah and is an editor at Signature Books in Salt Lake City. He has authored or coauthored several books on Mormon history, two of which won the Steven F. Christensen Award for Best Documentary from the Mormon History Association. 
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3 BAILEY, D'ARMY WITH EASSON, ROGER; GIOVANNI, NIKKI (FOREWORD). The Education Of A Black Radical: A Southern Civil Rights Activist's Journey, 1959-1964.
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London: 2009. First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
"A strong, uncompromising voice that dreams of a better America, Judge Bailey has experienced the ugliness of both racism and fear. Yet he has not stepped back. What a wonderful life to share."—Nikki Giovanni, from her Foreword When four black college students refused to leave the whites-only lunch counter of a Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth's on February 1, 1960, they set off a wave of similar protests among black college students across the South. Memphis native D'Army Bailey, the freshman class president at Southern University—the largest predominantly black college in the nation—soon joined with his classmates in their own battle against segregation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In The Education of a Black Radical, Bailey details his experiences on the front lines of the black student movement of the early 1960s, providing a rare firsthand account of the early days of America's civil rights struggle and a shining example of one man's struggle to uphold the courageous principles of liberty, justice, and equality. A natural leader, Bailey delivered fiery speeches at civil rights rallies, railed against school officials' capitulation to segregation, joined a sit-in at the Greyhound bus station, and picketed against discriminatory hiring practices at numerous Baton Rouge businesses. On December 15, 1961, he marched at the head of two thousand Southern University students seven miles from campus to downtown Baton Rouge to support fellow students jailed for picketing. Baton Rouge police dispersed the peaceful crowd with dogs and tear gas and arrested many participants. After Bailey led a class boycott to protest the administration's efforts to quell the lingering unrest on campus, Southern University summarily expelled him. After his ejection, Bailey continued his academic journey north to Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where liberal white students had established a scholarship for civil rights activists. Bailey sustained and expanded his activism in the North, and he provides invaluable eyewitness accounts of many major events from the civil rights era, including the protests in Washington D.C.'s financial district during the summer of 1963 and the gripping violence and arrests in Baltimore later that year. He sheds new light on the 1963 March on Washington by exploring the political forces that seized the march and changed its direction. Labeled "subversive" and a "black nationalist militant" by the FBI, Bailey crossed paths with many visionary activists. In riveting detail, Bailey recalls several days he spent hosting Malcolm X as a guest speaker at Clark, hanging out with Abbie Hoffman in the early days of the Worcester Student Movement, and personal interactions with other civil rights icons, including the Reverend Will D. Campbell, Anne Braden, James Meredith, Tom Hayden, and future congressmen Barney Frank, John Lewis, and Allard Lowenstein. D'Army Bailey gives voice to a generation of student foot soldiers in the civil rights movement. Moving, powerful, and intensely personal, The Education of a Black Radical offers an inspirational tale of hope and a courageous stand for social change. Moreover, it introduces an invigorating role model for a new generation of activists taking up the racial challenges of the twenty-first century. D'Army Bailey is a circuit court judge in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from Clark University, he graduated from Yale University Law School and served as a radical city councilman in Berkeley, California. In 1991, he founded the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, assassination. He is also the author of Mine Eyes Have Seen: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Journey. 
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4 BEALS, MELBA PATTILLO. Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir Of The Battle To Integrate Little Rock's Central High.
Simon Pulse, New York: 2007. Seventh Printing. s Softcover. Good condition. 
In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, Melba was one of the nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High School. 
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5 BELTON, ROBERT; WASBY, STEPHEN L. (EDITOR). The Crusade For Equality In The Workplace The Griggs V. Duke Power Story.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
On March 8, 1971, the Supreme Court of the United States decided a case, Griggs v. Duke Power Co., brought by thirteen African American employees who worked as common laborers and janitors at one of Duke Power's facilities. The decision, in plaintiffs' favor, marked a profound and enduring challenge to the dominance of white males in the workplace. In this book, Robert Belton, who represented the plaintiffs for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and argued the case in the lower courts, gives a firsthand account of legal history in the making—and a behind-the-scenes look at the highly complex process of putting civil rights law to work. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 eliminated much blatant discrimination, but after its enactment and before Griggs, businesses held the view that a commitment to equality required only eliminating policies and practices that were intentionally discriminatory—the "disparate treatment" test. In Griggs v. Duke Power Co., the Supreme Court ruled that a "disparate impact" test could also apply—that the 1964 Civil Rights Act extended to practices with a discriminatory effect. In tracing the impact of the Griggs ruling on employment practices, this book documents the birth, maturation, death, and rebirth of the disparate impact theory, including its erosion by later Supreme Court decisions and its restoration by congressional action in the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Belton conducts us through this historic case from the original lawsuit to the Supreme Court decision in Griggs and beyond as he traces the post-Griggs developments in the lower courts, the Supreme Court, and Congress; he provides informed insights into both litigators' and judges' perspectives and decision-making. His work situates the case in its legal, social, and historical contexts and explores the relationship between public and private enforcement of the law, with a focus on the Legal Defense Fund's litigation campaign against employment discrimination. A detailed examination of the development of legal principles under Title VII, this book tells the story of this seminal decision on equal employment law and offers an unprecedented close-up view of personal conviction, legal strategy, and historical forces combining to effect dramatic social change. Robert Belton (1935-2012), at the time of his death, was Professor Emeritus of Law at Vanderbilt University, where he had also been the University's first tenured African American law professor. Stephen L. Wasby, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University at Albany - State University of New York, lives in Eastham, Mass. "This excellent book is not only an insider's story of the most important employment discrimination case ever decided by the Supreme Court but also a blow by blow account of a three decade effort to redress workplace inequality. Both tough-minded litigator and meticulous scholar, Robert Belton's excellent rendering of a series of epic courtroom battles is a must read for lawyers, historians and policy makers."—Michael Meltsner, author of The Making of a Civil Rights Lawyer and former First Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund "This book, in many ways, is the seminal Title VII history. While other scholars have provided a wide range of articles and a few notable books on fair employment laws, their histories and their impact, Professor Robert K. Belton was for decades the leading scholar on Title VII case law. His contributions are many. His roll call of legal activists, lawyers and plaintiffs alike, present important threads to consider as investigations beyond the standard debate gain scholarly popularity. Professor Belton moves readers into the post-Griggs era where politicized debates work to smear the gains made as debates about affirmative action and preferential treatment dominated the public discourse. He reminds us that these debates often occurred without any real connection to the employment realities that demanded the federal courts to usher in such edicts. This is a book that captures a life's work."—Robert S. Smith, author of Race, Labor & Civil Rights: Griggs v. Duke Power and the Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity 
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6 CHAFE, WILLIAM H. Civilities And Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina And The Black Struggle For Freedom.
Oxford University Press, Oxford: 1981. 0195029194 / 9780195029192 First Printing. s Softcover. Good condition. 
The "sit-ins" at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro launched the passive resistance phase of the civil rights revolution. This book tells the story of what happened in Greensboro; it also tells the story in microcosm of America's effort to come to grips with our most abiding national drama -- racism. "It is social history at its best, portraying the events that led up to the sit-ins and the disappointments that came after, and arguing that these confrontations were vital for any real change." -- James Reston, Jr., The New York Times Book Review 
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7 CHESTNUT, JR., J. L. & CASS, JULIA. Black In Selma: The Uncommon Life Of J. L. Chestnut.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York: 1990. 0374114048 / 9780374114046 First printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket and protective mylar covering. 
It all began on March 7, 1965 when George Wallace, Governor of Alabama, lined the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma with state troopers to prevent a civil rights march to Montgomery for the black vote. Draws a vivid portrait of a small American town experiencing a revolution, through the eyes of one of its major catalysts for progress. Includes an Index. 
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8 COHEN, CARL. A Conflict Of Principles: The Battle Over Affirmative Action At The University Of Michigan.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
"No state . . . shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." So says the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, a document held dear by Carl Cohen, a professor of philosophy and longtime champion of civil liberties who has devoted most of his adult life to the University of Michigan. So when Cohen discovered, after encountering some resistance, how his school, in its admirable wish to increase minority enrollment, was actually practicing a form of racial discrimination—calling it "affirmative action"—he found himself at odds with his longtime allies and colleagues in an effort to defend the equal treatment of the races at his university. In A Conflict of Principles Cohen tells the story of what happened at Michigan, how racial preferences were devised and implemented there, and what was at stake in the heated and divisive controversy that ensued. He gives voice to the judicious and seldom heard liberal argument against affirmative action in college admission policies. In the early 1970s, as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union, Cohen vigorously supported programs devised to encourage the recruitment of minorities in colleges, and in private employment. But some of these efforts gave deliberate preference to blacks and Hispanics seeking university admission, and this Cohen recognized as a form of racism, however well-meaning. In his book he recounts the fortunes of contested affirmative action programs as they made their way through the legal system to the Supreme Court, beginning with DeFunis v. Odegaard (1974) at the University of Washington Law School, then Bakke v. Regents of the University of California (1978) at the Medical School on the UC Davis campus, and culminating at the University of Michigan in the landmark cases of Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger (2003). He recounts his role in the initiation of the Michigan cases, explaining the many arguments against racial preferences in college admissions. He presents a principled case for the resultant amendment to the Michigan constitution, of which he was a prominent advocate, which prohibited preference by race in public employment and public contracting, as well as in public education. An eminently readable personal, consistently fair-minded account of the principles and politics that come into play in the struggles over affirmative action, A Conflict of Principles is a deeply thoughtful and thought-provoking contribution to our national conversation about race. Carl Cohen is professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan and the author of Affirmative Action and Racial Preference. "A Conflict of Principles is a kind of legal memoir, tracking Mr. Cohen's own involvement in the battles over racial preferences and, in engaging and lucid prose, offering a critique of the judicial reasoning behind several momentous court decisions." ---Wall Street Journal "Carl Cohen was an eyewitness and key participant in the debates over racial preferences in college admissions for nearly 40 years. His book aims to advance his long-standing principled argument against racial preferences in college admissions. He does this by citing Constitutional law, legal history, and the long struggle for black civil rights. His general point is that the Constitution is and ought to be colorblind. Racial preferences in college admissions violate both the letter and spirit of our nations commitment to equal treatment under the law. Interwoven with this legal argument is a moral argument. Cohen makes it clear that he finds disparate treatment of individuals based on race to be repugnant. I know of no other source that is comparable. " ---Peter Wood, President of National Association of Scholars 
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9 CROWELL, SUZANNE (EDITOR). Civil Rights Digest: A Quarterly Of The U. S. Commission On Civil Rights, Volume 6, Number 4, Summer 1974.
U. S. Commission on Civil Rights, Washington: 1974. First Edition. s Softcover. Reading copy. 
Includes articles entitled: Evading The Law: Apprenticeship Outreach and the Hometown Plans in the Construction Industry by Herbert Hill, Breakthrough for Bilingual Education: Lau v. Nichols and the San Francisco School System by Dexter Waugh and Bruce Koon, Se Habla Ingles Y Espanol: A Bilingual Class in Action by Frank Sotomayor, Inflation and the Black Consumer: Setback to Black Income by Robert B. Hill, and After Twenty Years: Reflections on the Constitutional Significance of Brown v. Board of Education by Archibald Cox. 
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10 DANIELS, EDDIE WITH A FOREWORD BY NELSON MANDELA. There And Back: Robben Island 1964-1979.
Published Privately. 0620267860 / 9780620267861 Third Edition. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
This is the autobiography of Eddie Daniels who was born in District Six in 1928. Because of his opposition to apartheid as a member of the Liberal Party of South Africa and the African Resistance Movement he was banned, detained, imprisoned and banned again. He served his sentence of fifteen years on Robben Island in "B section" in the company of Mandela, Sisulu, Kathrada and other leaders. 
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11 DERSHOWITZ, ALAN M. Is There A Right To Remain Silent? Coercive Interrogation And The Fifth Amendment After 9/11.
Oxford University Press, New York/Oxford/London: . 0195307798 / 9780195307795 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The right to remain silent, guaranteed by the famed Fifth Amendment case, Miranda v. Arizona, is perhaps one of the most easily recognized and oft-quoted constitutional rights in American culture. Yet despite its ubiquity, there is widespread misunderstanding about the right and the protections promised under the Fifth Amendment. In Is There a Right to Remain Silent? renowned legal scholar and bestselling author Alan Dershowitz reveals precisely why our Fifth Amendment rights matter and how they are being reshaped, limited, and in some cases revoked in the wake of 9/11. As security concerns have heightened, law enforcement has increasingly turned its attention from punishing to preventing crime. Dershowitz argues that recent Supreme Court decisions have opened the door to coercive interrogations--even when they amount to torture--if they are undertaken to prevent a crime, especially a terrorist attack, and so long as the fruits of such interrogations are not introduced into evidence at the criminal trial of the coerced person. In effect, the court has given a green light to all preventive interrogation methods. By deftly tracing the evolution of the Fifth Amendment from its inception in the Bill of Rights to the present day, where national security is the nation's first priority, Dershowitz puts forward a bold reinterpretation of the Fifth Amendment for the post-9/11 world. As the world we live in changes from a "deterrent state" to the heightened vigilance of today's "preventative state," our construction, he argues, must also change. We must develop a jurisprudence that will contain both substantive and procedural rules for all actions taken by government officials in order to prevent harmful conduct-including terrorism. Timely, provocative, and incisively written, Is There a Right to Remain Silent? presents an absorbing look at one of our most essential constitutional rights at one of the most critical moments in recent American history. Alan M. Dershowitz is currently the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School. He appears frequently in the mainstream media as a commentator and analyst on a variety of issues, including national security, torture, civil liberties, and the Middle East peace process. He is the author of Rights From Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights, America on Trial: Inside the Legal Battles That Transformed Our Nation, Shouting Fire, and Preemption. "Is There a Right to Remain Silent? serves as a kind of primer in analyzing and interpreting constitutional law... Reading this book, one is reminded why Dershowitz is one of the very few American law professors whose work has crossed over into the mainstream... He has worked hard to make Is There a Right to Remain Silent? accessible to nonlawyers." - The New York Times Book Review "When he speaks about criminal law and procedures of justice, subjects he has spent his career on, we should listen, particularly these days... what is most provocative is Dershowitz's conclusion, where he broadens his discussion to describe what he sees as a post-9/11 change in our justice system--a change so profound that it might be called a paradigm shift in criminal law." - The New York Times "Provocative and erudite... A measured but urgent call to fill the legal "black hole" that the narrow Chavez decision creates regarding a right we all take for granted." - Publishers Weekly "With his characteristic insightfulness and adroitness, Alan Dershowitz launches a powerful attack on the Supreme Court's position that Americans don't really have a right to remain silent--merely a right to exclude their compelled statements and any evidence derived therefrom at their subsequent criminal trials (if they ever have one)." - Yale Kamisar, Professor of Law, University of San Diego and Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Michigan "This is a lucid, thought-provoking and exceptionally well-balanced analysis of the Fifth Amendment and, beyond that, the complexities of constitutional interpretation in general. Dershowitz lays bare the weakness and hypocrisy of 'original intent' arguments and the difficult choices we must all confront in making sense of the Fifth Amendment in the face of challenges that the Framers of our Constitution scarcely imagined." - Stephen Schulhofer, Robert B. McKay Professor of Law, New York University School of Law "Alan Dershowitz shines a welcome bright light on a black hole in our constitutional landscape--the laws governing 'preventive' coercive interrogation. Few issues have been more controversial in the post-9/11 era, and this book succinctly and clearly reveals the failure of our constitutional jurisprudence to address it adequately. It should be read by all who care about torture and its regulation in America." - David Cole, Professor of Law, Georgetown University "Carefully researched, strongly argued, thoughtfully reasoned, and extraordinarily well-crafted, Is There a Right to Remain Silent? examines a question vital to a free society, and far more difficult to answer than it might appear at first glance." - Susan R. Estrich, Robert Kingsley Professor of Law and Political Science, University of Southern California Gould School of Law 
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12 DUDZIAK, MARY L. Cold War Civil Rights: Race And The Image Of American Democracy.
Princeton University Press, Princeton: 0691095132 / 9780691095134 s Softcover. Brand new book. 
In 1958, an African-American handyman named Jimmy Wilson was sentenced to die in Alabama for stealing two dollars. Shocking as this sentence was, it was overturned only after intense international attention and the interference of an embarrassed John Foster Dulles. Soon after the United States' segregated military defeated a racist regime in World War II, American racism was a major concern of U.S. allies, a chief Soviet propaganda theme, and an obstacle to American Cold War goals throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Each lynching harmed foreign relations, and "the Negro problem" became a central issue in every administration from Truman to Lyndon Johnson. In what may be the best analysis of how international relations affected any domestic issue, Mary Dudziak interprets postwar civil rights as a Cold War feature. She argues that the Cold War helped facilitate key social reforms, including desegregation. Civil rights activists gained tremendous advantage as the government sought to polish its international image. But improving the nation's reputation did not always require real change. This focus on image rather than substance - combined with constraints on McCarthy-era political activism and the triumph of law-and-order rhetoric- limited the nature and extent of progress. Archival information, much of it newly available, supports Dudziak's argument that civil rights was Cold War policy. But the story is also one of people: an African-American veteran of World War II lynched in Georgia; an attorney general flooded by civil rights petitions from abroad; the teenagers who desegregated Little Rock's Central High; African diplomats denied restaurant service; black artists living in Europe and supporting the civil rights movement from overseas; conservative politicians viewing desegregation as a communist plot; and civil rights leaders who saw their struggle eclipsed by Vietnam. Never before has any scholar so directly connected civil rights and the Cold War. Contributing mightily to our understanding of both, Dudziak advances - in clear and lively prose - a new wave of scholarship that corrects isolationist tendencies in American history by applying an international perspective to domestic affairs. "In her long-awaited book, Mary Dudziak brilliantly demonstrates the interconnections between race relations and the American response to the early Cold War. . . . Dudziak sets a new standard for literature on race and Cold War foreign policy. . . . Her work deserves a wide audience." - Laura Belmonte, Journal of Cold War Studies 
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University Press of Mississippi, Jackson: . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
A widow's love story of life with Medgar Evers, the NAACP civil rights leader murdered by a midnight assassin In 1967, when this brave book was first published, Myrlie Evers said, "Somewhere in Mississippi lives the man who murdered my husband." Medgar Evers died in a horrifying act of political violence. Among both blacks and whites the killing of this Mississippi civil rights leader intensified the menacing moods of unrest and discontent generated during the civil rights era. His death seemed to usher in a succession of political shootings--Evers, then John Kennedy, then Martin Luther King, Jr., then Robert Kennedy. At thirty-seven while field secretary for the NAACP, Evers was gunned down in Jackson, Mississippi, during the summer of 1963. Byron de la Beckwith, an arch segregationist charged with the crime, was released after two trials with hung juries. In 1994, after new evidence surfaced thirty years later, Beckwith was arrested and tried a third time. Medgar Evers's widow saw him convicted and jailed with a life sentence. In For Us, the Living this extraordinary woman tells a moving story of her courtship and of her marriage to this heroic man who learned to live with the probability of violent death. She describes her husband's unrelenting devotion to the quest of achieving civil rights for thousands of black Mississippians and of his ultimate sacrifice on that hot summer night. With this reprinting of her poignant yet painful memoir, a book long out of print comes back to life and underscores the sacrifice of Medgar Evers and his family. Introduced in a reflective essay written by the acclaimed Mississippi author Willie Morris, this account of Ever's professional and family life will cause readers to ponder how his tragic martyrdom quickened the pace of justice for black people while withholding justice from him for thirty years. Since the conviction of Beckwith in a dramatic and historical trial in a Mississippi court there has been renewed acclaim for Evers. One speculates that, had he lived, he might have attained even more for the equality of African Americans in national life. Myrlie Evers-Williams is president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. William Peters is the author of The Southern Temper, A More Perfect Union, A Class Divided: Then and Now and many television documentaries. 
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14 FISH, STANLEY. Thee's No Such Thing As Free Speech And It's A Good Thing, Too.
Oxford University Press, New York/Oxford: 1994. 0195080181 / 9780195080186 First Printing. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
Includes a series of essays with such provocative titles as "Reverse Racism, or, How the Pot Got to Call the Kettle Black," "You Can Only Fight Discrimination with Discrimination," and "Speaking in Code, or How to Turn Bigotry and Ignorance into Moral Principles." Includes an Index. 
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15 FORSTER, ARNOLD. A Measure Of Freedom: An Anti-defamation League Report.
Doubleday & Company, Garden City: 1950. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. Dustjacket has little tears in the front but the back is another non-fiction story. 

Price: 13.06 USD
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16 FREYER, TONY A. Little Rock On Trial: Cooper V. Aaron And School Desegregation.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Americans were riveted to their television sets in 1957, when a violent mob barred black students from entering Little Rock's Central High School and faced off against paratroopers sent by a reluctant President Eisenhower. That set off a firestorm of protest throughout the nation and ultimately led to the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Cooper v. Aaron, reaffirming Brown v. Board of Education's mandate for school integration "with all deliberate speed" and underscoring the supremacy of federal and constitutional authority over state law. Noted scholar Tony Freyer, arguably our nation's top authority on this subject, now provides a concise, lucid, and eminently teachable summary of that historic case and shows that it paved the way for later civil rights victories. He chronicles how the Little Rock school board sought court approval to table integration efforts and how the black community brought suit against the board's watered-down version of compliance. The board's request was denied by a federal appeals court and taken to the Supreme Court, where the unanimous ruling in Cooper reaffirmed federal law—but left in place the maddening ambiguities of "all deliberate speed." While other accounts have focused on the showdown on the schoolhouse steps, Freyer takes readers into the courts to reveal the centrality of black citizens' efforts to the origins and outcome of the crisis. He describes the work of the Little Rock NAACP—with its Legal Defense Fund led by Thurgood Marshall and Wiley Branton—in defining the issues and abandoning gradualism in favor of direct confrontation with the segregationist South. He also includes the previously untold account of Justice William Brennan's surprising influence upon Justice Felix Frankfurter's controversial concurring opinion, which preserved his own "deliberate speed" wording from Brown. With Cooper, the "well morticed high wall" of segregation had finally cracked. As the most important test of Brown, which literally contained the means to thwart its own intent, it presaged the civil rights movement's broader nonviolent mass action combining community mobilization and litigation to finally defeat Jim Crow. It was not only a landmark decision, but also a turning point in America's civil rights struggle. 
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17 FRIEDMAN, JOEL WILLIAM. Champion Of Civil Rights: Judge John Minor Wisdom.
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London: 2013. Southern Biography Series. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
"Champion of Civil Rights . . . is required reading for anyone interested in the legal and cultural history of the South during the last fifty years of the twentieth century." - Georgia Historical Quarterly 
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18 FRIEDMAN, JOEL WILLIAM. Champion Of Civil Rights: Judge John Minor Wisdom.
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London: 2009. Southern Biography Series. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
"Champion of Civil Rights . . . is required reading for anyone interested in the legal and cultural history of the South during the last fifty years of the twentieth century." - Georgia Historical Quarterly 
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19 FRYSTAK, SHANNON. Our Minds On Freedom: Women And The Struggle For Black Equality In Louisiana, 1924-1967.
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London: 2009. First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Traditionally, literature on the civil rights movement has highlighted the leadership of ministerial men and young black revolutionaries like the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Stokely Carmichael, and Malcolm X. Though recent studies have begun to explore female participation in the struggle for racial justice, women have generally been relegated to the margins of civil rights history. In Our Minds on Freedom, Shannon Frystak explores the organizational and leadership roles female civil rights activists in Louisiana assumed from the 1920s to the 1960s, highlighting a diverse group of courageous women who fought alongside their brothers and fathers, uncles and cousins, to achieve a more racially just Louisiana. From the Depression through World War II and the postwar years, Frystak shows, black women joined and led local unions and civil rights organizations, agitating for voting rights and equal treatment in the public arena, in employment, and in admission to Louisiana's institutions of higher learning. At the same time, black women and white women began to find common ground in organizations such as the YWCA, the NAACP, and the National Urban League. Frystak explores how women of both races worked together to organize the 1953 Baton Rouge bus boycott, which served as inspiration for the more famous Montgomery bus boycott two years later;in the day-to-day struggle to alter the system of unequal education throughout the state; and in the fight to integrate New Orleans schools after the 1954 Brown decision. In the early 1960s, a new generation of female activists joined their older female counterparts to work with organizations such as the NAACP, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and a number of local grassroots civil rights organizations. Frystak vividly describes the very real dangers they faced canvassing for voter registration in Louisiana's rural areas, teaching in Freedom Schools, and hosting out-of-town civil rights workers in their homes. As Frystak shows, the civil rights movement allowed women to step out of their socially prescribed roles as wives, mothers, and daughters and become significant actors, indeed leaders, in a social movement structure largely dominated by men. Our Minds on Freedom is a welcome addition to the literature of the civil rights movement and will intrigue those interested in African American history, women's history, Louisiana, or the U.S. South. Shannon Frystak is an assistant professor of history at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. 
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20 GARROW, DAVID J. Bearing The Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., And The Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
William Morrow and Company, New York: 1986. 0688047947 / 9780688047948 h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. Signed copy. Cover has slight scratches. 
"Thursday had been busy and tiring for Mrs. Raymond A. Parks (Rosa Parks). Her job as a tailor's assistant at the Montgomery Fair department store had left her neck and shoulder particularly sore, and when she left work at 5:30 p.m. that December 1, 1955, she went across the street to a drugstore in search of a heating pad." And so begins Bearing the Cross. 
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