Journals Higher Education



Published: 23 March 2020

362 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190071639

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Promises to Keep

African Americans and the Constitutional Order, 1776 to the Present

Second Edition

Donald G. Nieman

Bicentennial Essays on the Bill of Rights

  • Presents the only comprehensive treatment of the role of race in the development of the Constitution and Americans' understanding of rights
  • Puts contemporary debates over race and rights into a broad historical context, showing the origins of arguments on all sides
  • Draws from vast scholarship on race that historians and others have produced in the past fifty years
  • Takes a stand on contemporary debates while avoiding polemics and providing an evidence-based perspective

New to this Edition:

  • Adds new chapter on debates and developments in civil rights since the 1990s, bringing the discussion up to date
  • Revises the previous chapters in light of important new scholarship written since 1991
  • Explores new topics, including the war on drugs, mass incarceration, and police brutality