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Dred Scott's Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America Hardcover – April 20, 2009
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Judge Napolitano shows how "Natural Law" (God Given Rights or Rights come from our Humanity pg. xii) and "Positivism" (the law is whatever the lawgiver says it is or the majority says pg. xiii, xiv) have affected the interpretation and application of the Constitution and different laws throughout our history. Looking back from our time it is crazy to see how insane some of the judgments and the laws created. I thought I knew a lot about the history of race and freedom in America leading up to the civil rights movement but, after reading this book, I was greatly mistaken.
This book covers from the founding of our country to today. It does not shy away from the ugliness and ignorance of our past. Judge Napolitano does not pull any punches. If it is there it is in this book - granted this is not a complete history but a very good summary of it. From Washington to Jefferson to Lincoln to Post Civil War to WWI and WWII to Brown v Board of Education to Baseball - he looks at the good and the bad the correct and the incorrect. You will be surprised when you read this book not everything was as it seemed to be or how at times we are taught in History class.
Again, I give this book my Highest Recommendation.
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This terrific book takes us through the sources of slavery in America, its violation of natural law, the contortions our laws had to go through to sustain the institution of slavery while also promising human liberty and individual rights that come prior to the state. I think you will find the summary of this history both illuminating and disturbing. Napolitano is concise in his telling of this history and focuses on how this horrible institution created a legacy we wrestle with to this day. I think his discussion of the way the federal government misused its power to keep racism alive after the Civil War and through the Jim Crow laws is especially good. His discussion of how the "Brown v. Board" reached a good conclusion but still used poor constitutional reasoning is, I think, correct. The judge is also correct that both parties have used race to protect their interests and the cost of African-Americans and with corruption to our society at large. He concludes with chapters on how race has distorted our efforts at law enforcement and recounts the heroism of Jackie Robinson in breaking the color-barrier in major league baseball.Read more ›
Author: Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
Nashville, Thomas Nelson, 2009
Number of pages: 253
I'm deeply convicted that I wouldn't normally buy a book like this. I chose to review for Thomas Nelson Publishers and I'm glad I did. I learned much and I unlearned more.
I thought the terms "states rights" vs. "federal interventionism" were current political rhetoric. I always thought that this was current liberal vs. conservative (liberal being "federal interventionism" or "big government" and "states rights" being conservative). But this is the political language of slave owners "rights" vs. big abolitionist government. And when the an administration didn't want to step in and do the right thing concerning civil rights from Lincoln right up through JFK, they laid responsibility on the states. And many states, as we all know from fairly recent history, and one set of laws for white men, and separate codes for black.
I prejudged this book since I've seen Judge Napolitano often on Fox News. I expected this book to be the same kind of non-news propaganda pumped out by Fox News. But I found that Napolitano was more fair as an author than I am as a reader. Napolitano pulls no punches in this book. He gives the straight scoop on many of our political heroes. Men we've built monuments to and close banks and schools for were less pure than our school books portray. Napolitano is not cynical or unpatriotic, in fact, he is quite patriotic and just in his exposé of the double standard this country has governed by since its inception. Justice and reconciliation demand that one tells the truth about one's shortcomings. Our greatest sins cannot be swept under the carpet for the greater good.Read more ›
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A valuable introduction to the conflict between natural and positive law in America. In fact, revelation of the confusion that conflict introduces is the major contribution the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by RF
It presents an unfiltered view of the history of racism surrounding the slave trade and beyond. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.Published 10 months ago by Rory
If you have an affinity for American History once you get past the first few chapters this is one of the best books on the history of Black America I have ever read. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mickey D
If you're looking for an unapoligetic look into the history of racial relations, this book is for you. Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by Craig Thayer
I'm a fan of Judge Napolitano's views, writings and passionate support of the Constitution, but I found this book somewhat of a let down. Read more