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In this comprehensive and remarkably lucid study of post–Civil War Supreme Court decisions, Goldstone (The Activist) shows how the court's narrow interpretation of the 14th amendment--bestowing "equal protection under the law" to all Americans, regardless of race--paved the way for future decisions that diminished the status of African-Americans. While the Civil Rights Act of 1875 guaranteed " the full and equal enjoyment of public conveyances, inns, places of public amusement," it was never truly enforced and was ultimately struck down in 1883 as being unconstitutional by an 8–1 vote. Justice Marshall Harlan, a former slave owner, was the lone dissenter and though vindicated by history, at the time his dissent could not have been more unpopular--even in the North. Goldstone provides rich analysis as well as useful descriptions of the backgrounds, philosophies, and even racism of the key justices. Tracing the makeup of the courts under each administration, Goldstone analyzes how politics and social Darwinism further impeded African-American equality, concluding, "the Court did not render its decisions to conform to the law but rather contorted the law to conform to its decisions." (Jan.)
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Goldstone offers a clear, cogent reading of the court's machinations, no small accomplishment since the justices generally rested their opinions on convoluted legal reasoning rather than on broad principles. And he's completely convincing when he argues that behind those carefully parsed opinions lay a deep-seated racism strengthened by the justices' embrace of Social Darwinism. Washington Post In Inherently Unequal, constitutional scholar Lawrence Goldstone convincingly lays the blame for this tragedy [Jim Crow] at the door of the institution that could have made the difference but did not: the United States Supreme Court. The Los Angeles Times As with Dark Bargain, Lawrence Goldstone once again adds a much-needed chapter to U.S. history with Inherently Unequal. Tavis SmileySee all Editorial Reviews
A bitter joke about the US Civil War runs that "whilst it freed the slave it ignored the negro!"(presumably as freedman). Read morePublished 13 months ago by T. Washington
If you are in to American history and ever wondered how brutal slavery and slave owners were, then, the introductory of this book should scare the hell out of you.Published 21 months ago by Mp somali
Great read! Good quality. For anyone interested in or studying history or genocide, this will be a great addition. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have so far.Published 21 months ago by deannab
Thoroughly researched work detailing the effective abandonment of the 14th Amendment by Northerners and Southerners alike, leading inevitably to the complete horrors of Jim Crow. Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by Farley X Wilbur
Very informative. Readable. Details of how our government, in calculated ways, robbed African-Americans of their citizenship rights under the constitution of the United States. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by barbedwire
This book illustrates how African-Americans were systematically shut out Of the american dream. Picture this if you will, had the groundwork been laid out and FOLLOWED through on... Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by WES
The title depicts only half the story. The book is about equally split between equal rights jurisprudence and interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment for business interests. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by Gderf