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Published: 13 March 1997

336 Pages | 16 pp plates


ISBN: 9780195038224

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Shades of Freedom

Racial Politics and Presumptions of the American Legal Process

A. Leon Higginbotham,Jr

  • A magisterial account of the interaction between the law and racial oppression in America from colonial times to the present
  • Documents how white perceptions of black inferiority slowly became codified into law
  • Examines such influential Supreme Court cases as Dred Scott and Plessy v. Ferguson
  • The sequel to Higginbotham's acclaimed volume In the Matter of Color
  • By one of America's most respected authorities on racism in the United States, the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Selling point: Author is huge: winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he was a Federal judge longer than any other active judge
  • Selling point: First book on race and the American legal process, In the Matter of Color, (1978), sold over 20,000 copies
  • Selling point: Higginbotham's book offers the first authoritative study of how race has affected the American legal process
  • Selling point: Shows compellingly how the legal system—the one system we've looked to to assist in matters of equality—has actually perpetuated inequality in American society
  • Selling point: Expect major review attention, controversy, discussion, and argument