Relying on both celebrated and little-known cases, this acclaimed chronicle of the Fourteenth Amendment—a constitutional guarantee of equality and freedom and the cornerstone of individual liberty as we know it—traces the amendment's fascinating origins in the aftermath of the Civil War; its near repudiation; violent reactions against it; its revival in the twentieth century; and, in a substantial new afterword, its recent challenges and setbacks. Meyer looks at current attacks against the amendment, which threaten affirmative action, desegregation, voting rights, abortion rights, gay rights, and protection from oppressive measures of the State.
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Howard N. Meyer is an attorney, labor arbitrator, and civil rights historian. In addition to The Amendment That Refused to Die, he is the author of a biography of Ulysses S. Grant, Let Us Have Peace, and a biography of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Colonel of the Black Regiment.Review:
Meyer's book ought to be in every library in the country. Rather it ought to be out of every library, in constant use, by lawyers, judges, laymen, preachers, teachers, students of all ages, by all Americans concerned about the realization and preservation of individual freedoms and their constitutional guarantees. (Dudley T. Cornish The Midwest Quarterly )
A book about the Fourteenth Ammendment that is both lively and scholarly is rare in itself. This book is much more than that. It recaptures lost moments in American history, penetrates the social conflicts behind legal arguments, and does all this with clarity and style. (Howard Zinn, Author of A People's History of the United States and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Boston University )
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Descrizione libro Chilton Book Co, 1973. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110801957680
Descrizione libro Chilton Book Co, 1973. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0801957680