Race, Law, and American Society: 1607-Present (Criminology and Justice Studies) New edition Edition

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"I hope educators at every level are attracted to this book as a teaching tool."

―Derrick Bell, from the foreword

"Gloria Browne-Marshall's Race, Law, and American Society builds on the great vision of the late great Barbara Jordan: How will America become as great as its promise?  Black courageous citizens have been at the forefront of this movement.  This book is a gem." 

―Cornel West, Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion, Princeton University

"Brilliantly researched, Gloria Browne-Marshall's history of Race, Law, and American Society is bold and challenging; dramatic, comprehensive, and galvanizing.  Everyone concerned about justice and dignity, civility, the law and human survival will want to read, and assign this book."


―Blanche Wiesen Cook, University Distinguished Professor, John Jay College & The Graduate Center, CUNY and author of Eleanor Roosevelt

"In this sophisticated survey of Supreme Court decisions, Gloria Browne-Marshall shows African Americans working to make ‘liberty and justice’ more than rhetoric―by pressing judges to expand freedom’s scope from that for white men to the majority. All Americans owe Black Americans much for making the United States ever more democratic and justice-oriented."

―Joe R. Feagin, Ella C. McFadden Professor of Liberal Arts, Texas A & M University

About the Author

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, an Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, litigated Civil Rights and Public Law cases for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., Community Legal Services, and Southern Poverty Law Center, prior to academe. She is the author of The Constitution: Major Cases and Conflicts, founder of The Law and Policy Group, Inc., and a noted playwright.

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Product Details

  • Series: Criminology and Justice Studies
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New edition edition (March 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415952948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415952941
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gloria J. Browne-Marshall received the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award for her work with civil rights and women's justice issues. Her forthcoming book is titled "Black Women: Salem Witch Trials to Civil Rights Activists - A Legal History."

A former civil rights attorney, Browne-Marshall is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) teaching Constitutional Law, Race and the Law, and Evidence. She is a member of the Gender Studies faculty of John Jay College as well as a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Active nationally and internationally, Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is a member of the United Nations Association of NY, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Women's City Club.

A free-lance journalist and an award-winning playwright, her most recent play is titled "Diversity" and examines marriage choices. Her other plays include the full-length drama on Alzheimer's disease "My Juilliard," one act plays "Jeanine" and "Waverly Place" as well as the full-length murder mystery "Killing Me Softly." She is a member of the Dramatist Guild, Mystery Writers of America, National Association of Black Journalists, and PEN American Center.

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is the Founder/Director of The Law and Policy Group, Inc., a nonprofit organization. The Law and Policy Group, Inc. is a think tank for the community which produces the "Report on the Status of Black Women and Girls(R)," the only annual national report on the state of Black females in America.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Zora on April 1, 2007
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This book is a brilliant must-read. I believe teachers, public policy analysts, social workers, judges, Americans generally, would better understand the race conflicts of today by reading this book. I admire the fact that Browne-Marshall takes the major social justice and racialized issues of today. The cases examined throughout this book provide concrete examples of how America's past racism has caused present day condition. She reconnects the history of race discrimination with America's racialized situation currently in a manner that is clear and personable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Philip C. Aka on May 18, 2007
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This book contributes substantially to the scholarship on race and law in America. With this story from the heart about race and law, Professor Browne-Marshall demonstrates beyond every shadow of doubt that candidness on race matters and solid scholarship are two qualities that can go together.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bari Chase on January 12, 2011
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Race, Law and American Society provides a thorough investigation and thought provoking examination of how the struggle for racial equality has impacted our society. Through Professor Browne-Marshall's exploration of relevant Supreme Court decisions, the battle for racial equality is depicted in a novel and often chilling manner. To think that the legal institutions that we are taught to revere have actually contributed to and sanctioned inequality is a disturbing, but never-the-less important lesson for all Americans. While the stories of perseverance are compelling examples of the American spirit, they also teach us the need to continue the fight until true equality is achieved for all. - Bari Chase, Esq., Director, New York County Lawyers' Association CLE Institute and NYCLA's Ethics Institute.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Moskos on February 29, 2008
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Race, Law, and American Society shows that progress doesn't 'just happen.' It takes the courage of men and women. Gloria Browne-Marshall brings these people to life and shows how far we've come, how difficult it's been, and how the legal system has been key to four centuries of social justice and injustice. Very readable!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amilcar S. Herbert on June 13, 2007
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This book has put the plight of the American black person in proper perspective for me. Through its thorough analysis of court decisions that have affected and still continue to affect the American black person.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Young on June 8, 2007
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This book looks into the history of laws and how they were applied in the American society. Very innovative

and it gives you the opportunity to have your own perspective.
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