The law of the land

Author: Charles Rembar
Publisher: Harpercollins
ISBN: 9780060972196
Format: PDF, ePub
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Traces the development of the American legal system from its roots in early England to its current form, from trial by battle and ordeal to the mandatory reading of rights and the right to an attorney

The Supreme Court Review 2011

Author: Dennis J. Hutchinson
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022699550X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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For fifty years, The Supreme Court Review has been lauded for providing authoritative discussion of the Court’s most significant decisions. The Review is an in-depth annual critique of the Supreme Court and its work, keeping up on the forefront of the origins, reforms, and interpretations of American law. Recent volumes have considered such issues as post-9/11 security, the 2000 presidential election, cross burning, federalism and state sovereignty, failed Supreme Court nominations, and numerous First and Fourth amendment cases.

Americans Without Law

Author: Mark S. Weiner
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814793657
Format: PDF
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Americans Without Law shows how the racial boundaries of civic life are based on widespread perceptions about the relative capacity of minority groups for legal behavior, which Mark S. Weiner calls “juridical racialism.” The book follows the history of this civic discourse by examining the legal status of four minority groups in four successive historical periods: American Indians in the 1880s, Filipinos after the Spanish-American War, Japanese immigrants in the 1920s, and African Americans in the 1940s and 1950s. Weiner reveals the significance of juridical racialism for each group and, in turn, Americans as a whole by examining the work of anthropological social scientists who developed distinctive ways of understanding racial and legal identity, and through decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court that put these ethno-legal views into practice. Combining history, anthropology, and legal analysis, the book argues that the story of juridical racialism shows how race and citizenship served as a nexus for the professionalization of the social sciences, the growth of national state power, economic modernization, and modern practices of the self.

Geography Of Nowhere

Author: James Howard Kunstler
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671888250
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Argues that much of what surrounds Americans is depressing, ugly, and unhealthy; and traces America's evolution from a land of village commons to a man-made landscape that ignores nature and human needs.