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Mrs. Dred Scott: A Life on Slavery's Frontier

Mrs. Dred Scott: A Life on Slavery's Frontier Lowest new price: $16.20
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Author: Lea VanderVelde

Among the most infamous U.S. Supreme Court decisions is Dred Scott v. Sandford . Despite the case's signal importance as a turning point in America's history, the lives of the slave litigants have receded to the margins of the record, as conventional accounts have focused on the case's judges and lawyers. In telling the life of Harriet, Dred's wife and co-litigant in the case, this book provides a compensatory history to the generations of work that missed key sources only recently brought to light. Moreover, it gives insight into the reasons and ways that slaves used the courts to establish their freedom.
A remarkable piece of historical detective work, Mrs. Dred Scott chronicles Harriet's life from her adolescence on the 1830s Minnesota-Wisconsin frontier, to slavery-era St. Louis, through the eleven years of legal wrangling that ended with the high court's notorious decision. The book not only recovers her story, but also reveals that Harriet may well have been the lynchpin in this pivotal episode in American legal history.
Reconstructing Harriet Scott's life through innovative readings of journals, military records, court dockets, and even frontier store ledgers, VanderVelde offers a stunningly detailed account that is at once a rich portrait of slave life, an engrossing legal drama, and a provocative reassessment of a central event in U.S. constitutional history. More than a biography, the book is a deep social history that freshly illuminates some of the major issues confronting antebellum America, including the status of women, slaves, Free Blacks, and Native Americans.

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Violence Against Women

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Author: David Frazee

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Creating Civil Union: Opening Hearts and Minds

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Author: Linda Hollingdale
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This photo/essay collection chronicles the work of supportive Vermonters during the fight for gay/lesbian marriage which resulted in the civil union law. The essays and photographs help put a human face on this controversial issue. Gay men, lesbians, and straight allies offer personal perspectives on their courageous work. This book highlights an important part of this civil rights struggle.

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Slavery's Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification

Slavery's Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification Lowest new price: $51.98
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Author: David Waldstreicher
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Taking on decades of received wisdom, David Waldstreicher has written the first book to recognize slavery’s place at the heart of the U.S. Constitution. Famously, the Constitution never mentions slavery. And yet, of its eighty-four clauses, six were directly concerned with slaves and the interests of their owners. Five other clauses had implications for slavery that were considered and debated by the delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention and the citizens of the states during ratification. This “peculiar institution” was not a moral blind spot for America’s otherwise enlightened framers, nor was it the expression of a mere economic interest. Slavery was as important to the making of the Constitution as the Constitution was to the survival of slavery.
 
By tracing slavery from before the revolution, through the Constitution’s framing, and into the public debate that followed, Waldstreicher rigorously shows that slavery was not only actively discussed behind the closed and locked doors of the Constitutional Convention, but that it was also deftly woven into the Constitution itself. For one thing, slavery was central to the American economy, and since the document set the stage for a national economy, the Constitution could not avoid having implications for slavery. Even more, since the government defined sovereignty over individuals, as well as property in them, discussion of sovereignty led directly to debate over slavery’s place in the new republic.
 
Finding meaning in silences that have long been ignored, Slavery’s Constitution is a vital and sorely needed contribution to the conversation about the origins, impact, and meaning of our nation’s founding document.

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Brown v. Board of Education: Witness to a Landmark Decision

Brown v. Board of Education: Witness to a Landmark Decision Lowest new price: $13.93
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Author: Jack Greenberg
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Jack Greenberg, plaintiff's attorney for Brown v. Board of Education argued the case before the Supreme Court, which declared "separate but equal" to be unconstitutional. This publication tells the behind the scene story of the team, led by Thurgood Marshall and the Legal Defense Fund team. As a key figure in the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund for 35 years, Jack Greenberg argued forty cases before the Supreme Court, none more important than the Brown case.

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Humanitarian Intervention: Ethical, Legal and Political Dilemmas

Humanitarian Intervention: Ethical, Legal and Political Dilemmas Lowest new price: $26.73
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Brand: Brand: Cambridge University Press

"The genocide in Rwanda showed us how terrible the consequences of inaction can be in the face of mass murder. But the conflict in Kosovo raised equally important questions about the consequences of action without international consensus and clear legal authority. On the one hand, is it legitimate for a regional organization to use force without a UN mandate? On the other, is it permissible to let gross and systematic violations of human rights, with grave humanitarian consequences continue unchecked?" (United Nations Secretrary-General Kofi Annan). This book is a comprehensive, integrated discussion of `the dilemma' of humanitarian intervention. Written by leading analysts of international politics, ethics, and law, it seeks, among other things, to identify strategies that may, if not resolve, at least reduce the current tension between human rights and state sovereignty. Humanitarian Intervention is an invaluable contribution to the debate on all aspects of this vital global issue. J.L. Holzgrefe is a Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Political Science, Duke University. He is a former Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and visiting scholar at the Center of International Studies, Princeton University, the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, and elsewhere. He was educated at Monash University, Australia and Balliol College, Oxford. He has published on the history of international relations thought. Robert O. Keohane is James B. Duke Professor of Political Science, Duke University. He is interested in the role played by governance in world politics, and in particular on how international institutions and transnational networks operate. He is the author of After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy (Princeton, 1984), for which he was awarded the second annual Grawemeyer Award in 1989 for Ideas Improving World Order. He is also the author of International Institutions and State Power: Essays in International Relations Theory (Westview, 1989), co-author of Power and Independence: World Politics in Transition (Little, Brown, 1977; 3rd edition 2001), and co-author of Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research (Princeton, 1994). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.

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Local Remedies in International Law (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law)

Local Remedies in International Law (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law) Lowest new price: $127.77
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Author: Chittharanjan Felix Amerasinghe
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This second edition of C.F. Amerasinghe's successful 1993 book has been revised to include a new chapter on judicial organs of international organizations, as well as a considerably developed chapter on dispute settlement. Covering all the important institutional aspects of international organizations, it considers a range of topics, including membership and representation, international and national personality, the doctrine of ultra vives, liability of members to third parties, dissolution and succession. First Edition Hb (1993): 0-521-46317-3


Coming To Terms: South Africa's Search for Truth

Coming To Terms:  South Africa's Search for Truth Lowest new price: $27.49
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Author: Martin Meredith
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Discusses the successes and failures of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court VI

Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court VI Lowest new price: $23.36
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Author: Maureen Harrison
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Volume VI of "Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court" covers ten cases on the Aaron Burr conspiracy, Dartmouth College, women's work, the right to bear arms, the "sick chicken" case, the law of war, un-American activities, "one person, one vote," the Presidential line item veto, and the right to die.

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The Abolition of the Death Penalty in International Law

The Abolition of the Death Penalty in International Law Lowest new price: $51.00
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Author: William A. Schabas
Brand: Cambridge University Press

This extensively revised third edition covers developments since publication of the second edition in 1997. It includes consideration of the UN human rights system, international humanitarian law, European human rights law and Inter-American human rights law. New chapters address capital punishment in African human rights law and international criminal law. An extensive list of appendices contains many of the essential documents for the study of capital punishment in international law. (Introduced with a Foreword by Judge Gilbert Guillaume, President of the International Court of Justice.) Previous Edition Hb (1997): 0-521-58135-4 Previous Edition Pb (1997): 0-521-58887-1

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