Rethinking the judicial settlement of reconstruction

Pamela Brandwein

American constitutional lawyers and legal historians routinely assert that the Supreme Court's state action doctrine halted Reconstruction in its tracks. But it didn't. Rethinking the Judicial Settlement of Reconstruction demolishes the conventional wisdom - and puts a constructive alternative in its place. Pamela Brandwein unveils a lost jurisprudence of rights that provided expansive possibilities for protecting blacks' physical safety and electoral participation, even as it left public accommodation rights undefended. She shows that the Supreme Court supported a Republican coalition and left open ample room for executive and legislative action. Blacks were abandoned, but by the president and Congress, not the Court. Brandwein unites close legal reading of judicial opinions (some hitherto unknown), sustained historical work, the study of political institutions, and the sociology of knowledge. This book explodes tired old debates and will provoke new ones.

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  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. The emergence of the concept of state neglect, 1867-73
  • 3. The civil/social distinction: an intramural Republican debate
  • 4. The birth of state action doctrine, 1874-6
  • 5. A surviving sectional context, 1876-91
  • 6. The Civil Rights Cases and the language of state neglect
  • 7. Definitive judicial abandonment and residual expressions, 1896-1909
  • 8. A loss of context: the rise of distorted knowledge about state action doctrine
  • 9. Conclusion.

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書名 Rethinking the judicial settlement of reconstruction
著作者等 Brandwein, Pamela
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies on the American Constitution
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2011
ページ数 xi, 269 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 9780521887717
NCID BB05809269
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス