Best Civil Rights Law Books

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1. The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America's Judicial Hero

Author: by Peter S. Canellos
624 pages

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The definitive, sweeping biography of an American hero who stood against all the forces of Gilded Age America to fight for civil rights and economic freedom: Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan. They say that history is written by the victors.

But not in the case of the most famous dissenter on the Supreme Court. Almost a century after his death, it was John Marshall Harlan’s words that helped end segregation, and gave us our civil rights and our modern economic freedom.

But his legacy would not have been possible without the courage of Robert Harlan, a slave who John’s father raised like a son in the same household. After the Civil War, Robert emerges as a political leader. With Black people holding power in the Republican Party, it is Robert who helps John land his appointment to the Supreme Court.

At first, John is awed by his fellow justices, but the country is changing. Northern whites are prepared to take away black rights to appease the South. Giant trusts are monopolizing entire industries. Against this onslaught, the Supreme Court seemed all too willing to strip away civil rights and invalidate labor protections.

2. Case Against the New Censorship: Protecting Free Speech from Big Tech, Progressives, and Universities

Author: by Alan Dershowitz
Hot Books (April 20, 2021)

192 pages

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In The Case Against the New Censorship: Protecting Free Speech from Big Tech, Progressives, and Universities, Alan DershowitzNew York Times bestselling author and one of America’s most respected legal scholarsanalyzes the current regressive war against freedom of speech being waged by well-meaning but dangerous censors and proposes steps that can be taken to defend, reclaim, and strengthen freedom of speech and other basic liberties that are under attack.

Alan Dershowitz has been called one of the most prominent and consistent defenders of civil liberties in America by Politico and the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer and one of its most distinguished defenders of individual rights by Newsweek.

He is also a fair-minded and even-handed expert on the Constitution and our civil liberties, and in this book offers his knowledge and insight to help readers understand the war being waged against free speech by the ostensibly well-meaning forces seeking to constrain this basic right.

3. Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism

Author: by Derrick Bell

‎ Basic Books
304 pages

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The groundbreaking, “eerily prophetic, almost haunting” work on American racism and the struggle for racial justice (Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow). In Faces at the Bottom of the Well, civil rights activist and legal scholar Derrick Bell uses allegory and historical exampleincluding the classic story “The Space Traders”to argue that racism is an integral and permanent part of American society.

African American struggles for equality are doomed to fail, he writes, so long as the majority of whites do not see their own well-being threatened by the status quo. Bell calls on African Americans to face up to this unhappy truth and abandon a misplaced faith in inevitable progress.

Only then will blacks, and those whites who join with them, be in a position to create viable strategies to alleviate the burdens of racism. Now with a new foreword by Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, this classic book was a pioneering contribution to critical race theory scholarship, and it remains urgent and essential reading on the problem of racism in America.

4. Black History 1619-2019: An Illustrated and Documented African-American History

Author: by Sandra K. Yocum
Paragon House
512 pages

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BLACK HISTORY 1619 TO 2019 is an inspiring and educational journey through American history. It is an in-depth look at the events which shaped the lives and contributions of the African-American community in the United States of America. This book is designed to restore the integrity of African-American history and is based on extensive research and documentation related to the African-American experience from the era of slavery until modern times.

In this landmark book, Yocum and Rice promote awareness and preserve significant information and material that can replace revisionist accounts of African-American history. Are you ready for a life-altering experience? African-American history is richly illustrated with 393 photos, maps, and illustrations that portray the real lives of African-Americans during slavery, the Civil War, reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights movement, and beyond.

This history documents the profound impact that African-Americans have made on the history of the United States and its culture. The book contains fourteen well-researched chapters starting with Chapter 1, Colonial Domestic Slave Trade (16191775), and ending with Chapter 14, Post-Civil Rights Movement (19672019).

5. The Most Dangerous Book Ever Published: Deadly Deception Exposed!

Author: by Søren Roest Korsgaard

768 pages

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“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell. In seventy-eight essays, seven prominent social critics question everything from government authority to COVID-19 in what has been called, “the most dangerous book ever published.” This thought-provoking and empowering, even “criminal,” anthology is a major challenge to the establishment, the ruling oligarchy, or whatever we choose to call the deep state, central planners, and mega-criminals who set and control global narratives.

Readers are presented with an array of “forbidden” subjects and in-depth analyses that pull the rug underneath the elite and expose the lies that constitute the matrix. Among others, this book documents and casts light on: – Washington’s deadly pursuit of hegemony camouflaged as the “War on Terror” and “spreading democracy.”- The erosion of legal principles and elimination of civil and human rights under the pretext of making us safe from terrorists and a global pandemic.

6. The Derrick Bell Reader (Critical America, 75)

Author: by Richard Delgado
NYU Press (August 1, 2005)
493 pages

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An essential collection of the writings of progressive lawyer and race activist Derrick BellLawyer, activist, teacher, writer: for over 40 years, Derrick Bell provoked his critics and challenged his readers with uncompromising candor and progressive views on race and class in America.

A founder of Critical Race Theory and pioneer of the use of allegorical stories as tools of analysis, Bell’s groundbreaking work shattered conventional legal orthodoxies and turned comfortable majoritarian myths inside out. Edited and with an extensive introduction by leading critical race theorists Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, The Derrick Bell Reader reflects the tremendous breadth of issues that Bell grappled with over his phenomenal career, including affirmative action, Black nationalism, legal education and ethics.

Together, these selections offer the most complete collection of Derrick Bell’s writing available today.

7. The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Healing, and US Social Transformation (Justice and Peacebuilding)

Author: by Fania E. Davis
120 pages

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In our era of mass incarceration, gun violence, and Black Lives Matters, a handbook showing how racial justice and restorative justice can transform the African-American experience in America. This timely work will inform scholars and practitioners on the subjects of pervasive racial inequity and the healing offered by restorative justice practices.

Addressing the intersectionality of race and the US criminal justice system, social activist Fania E. Davis explores how restorative justice has the capacity to disrupt patterns of mass incarceration through effective, equitable, and transformative approaches. Eager to break the still-pervasive, centuries-long cycles of racial prejudice and trauma in America, Davis unites the racial justice and restorative justice movements, aspiring to increase awareness of deep-seated problems as well as positive action toward change.

Davis highlights real restorative justice initiatives that function from a racial justice perspective; these programs are utilized in schools, justice systems, and communities, intentionally seeking to ameliorate racial disparities and systemic inequities. Chapters include:Chapter 1: The Journey to Racial Justice and Restorative JusticeChapter 2: Ubuntu: The Indigenous Ethos of Restorative JusticeChapter 3: Integrating Racial Justice and Restorative JusticeChapter 4: Race, Restorative Justice, and SchoolsChapter 5: Restorative Justice and Transforming Mass IncarcerationChapter 6: Toward a Racial Reckoning: Imagining a Truth Process for Police ViolenceChapter 7: A Way ForwardShe looks at initiatives that strive to address the historical harms against African Americans throughout the nation.

8. Common Sense: Thomas Paine: The Origin and Design of Government (American History Deluxe Edition, 1) (Common sense series)

Author: by Thomas Paine
108 pages

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A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason. Thomas Paine, Common SenseThroughout history, some books have changed the world.

They have transformed the way we see ourselvesand each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched livesand destroyed them. Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 177576 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776.

Six months before the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense was a radical and impassioned call for America to free itself from British rule and set up an independent republican government. Savagely attacking hereditary kingship and aristocratic institutions, Paine urged a new beginning for his adopted country in which personal freedom and social equality would be upheld and economic and cultural progress encouraged.

9. Critical Race Theory: A Primer (Concepts and Insights)

Author: by Khiara Bridges
Foundation Press
508 pages

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Softbound – New, softbound print book.

10. Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought, Expanded Edition

Author: by Jonathan Rauch
216 pages

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A liberal society stands on the proposition that we should all take seriously the idea that we might be wrong. This means we must place no one, including ourselves, beyond the reach of criticism; it means that we must allow people to err, even where the error offends and upsets, as it often will.

So writes Jonathan Rauch in Kindly Inquisitors, which has challenged readers for more than twenty years with its bracing and provocative exploration of the issues surrounding attempts to limit free speech. In it, Rauch makes a persuasive argument for the value of liberal science and the idea that conflicting views produce knowledge within society.

In this expanded edition of Kindly Inquisitors, a new foreword by George F. Will strikingly shows the book’s continued relevance, while a substantial new afterword by Rauch elaborates upon his original argument and brings it fully up to date. Two decades after the book’s initial publication, while some progress has been made, the regulation of hate speech has grown domesticallyespecially in American universitiesand has spread even more internationally, where there is no First Amendment to serve as a meaningful check.

11. How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights Is Tearing America Apart

Author: by Jamal Greene
336 pages

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Essential and fresh and vital … It is the argument of this important book that until Americans can reimagine rights, there is no path forward, and there is, especially, no way to get race right. No peace, no justice. From the foreword by Jill Lepore, New York Times best-selling author of These Truths: A History of the United States An eminent constitutional scholar reveals how our approach to rights is dividing America, and shows how we can build a better system of justice.

You have the right to remain silentand the right to free speech. The right to worship, and to doubt. The right to be free from discrimination, and to hate. The right to life, and the right to own a gun.

Rights are a sacred part of American identity. Yet they also are the source of some of our greatest divisions. We believe that holding a right means getting a judge to let us do whatever the right protects. And judges, for their part, seem unable to imagine two rights coexistingreducing the law to winners and losers.

12. You Have the Right to Remain Innocent

Author: by James Duane
152 pages

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An urgent, compact manifesto that will teach you how to protect your rights, your freedom, and your future when talking to police. Law professor James J. Duane became a viral sensation thanks to a 2008 lecture outlining the reasons why you should never agree to answer questions from the policeespecially if you are innocent and wish to stay out of trouble with the law.

In this timely, relevant, and pragmatic new book, he expands on that presentation, offering a vigorous defense of every citizen’s constitutionally protected right to avoid self-incrimination. Getting a lawyer is not only the best policy, Professor Duane argues, it’s also the advice law-enforcement professionals give their own kids.

Using actual case histories of innocent men and women exonerated after decades in prison because of information they voluntarily gave to police, Professor Duane demonstrates the critical importance of a constitutional right not well or widely understood by the average American.

13. Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto

Author: by Jr. Vine Deloria
296 pages

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In his new preface to this paperback edition, the author observes, “The Indian world has changed so substantially since the first publication of this book that some things contained in it seem new again.” Indeed, it seems that each generation of whites and Indians will have to read and reread Vine Deloria’s Manifesto for some time to come, before we absorb his special, ironic Indian point of view and what he tells us, with a great deal of humor, about U.S.

Race relations, federal bureaucracies, Christian churches, and social scientists. This book continues to be required reading for all Americans, whatever their special interest.

14. Negroes with Guns

Author: by Robert F. Williams
Martino Fine Books
130 pages

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2013 Reprint of 1962 Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Contains two essays by Martin Luther King Jr. concerning the role of violence in the civil rights movement. During the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Robert Williams organized armed self-defense against the racist violence of the Ku Klux Klan.

This is the story of his movement, first established in Monroe, N.C. As prologue, the issues raised by events in Monroe are weighted by Truman Nelson and Martin Luther King Jr. Illustrated.

15. Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court

Author: by Orville Vernon Burton

464 pages

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In the first comprehensive accounting of the US Supreme Court’s race-related jurisprudence, a distinguished historian and renowned civil rights lawyer scrutinize a legacy too often blighted by racial injustice. The Supreme Court is usually seen as protector of our liberties: it ended segregation, was a guarantor of fair trials, and safeguarded free speech and the vote.

But this narrative derives mostly from a short period, from the 1930s to the early 1970s. Before then, the Court spent a century largely ignoring or suppressing basic rights, while the fifty years since 1970 have witnessed a mostly accelerating retreat from racial justice.

From the Cherokee Trail of Tears to Brown v. Board of Education to the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act, historian Orville Vernon Burton and civil rights lawyer Armand Derfner shine a powerful light on the Court’s race recorda legacy at times uplifting, but more often distressing and sometimes disgraceful.

For nearly a century, the Court ensured that the nineteenth-century Reconstruction Amendments would not truly free and enfranchise African Americans. And the twenty-first century has seen a steady erosion of commitments to enforcing hard-won rights. Justice Deferred is the first book that comprehensively charts the Court’s race jurisprudence.