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The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere
Students of American history know of the law’s critical role in systematizing a racial hierarchy in the United States. Showing that this history is best appreciated in a comparative perspective, The Long, Lingering Shadow looks at the parallel legal histories of race relations in the United States, Brazil, and Spanish America. Robert J. Cottrol takes the reader on a journe ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by University of Georgia Press
(first published December 1st 2012)
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This was a very accessible and quick read (as far as legal histories go). Cottrol does his best to distill the history of slavery and race laws in the American hemisphere while acknowledging a lack of space to do so fully and a relative blind spot where Spanish Latin America is concerned. Overall, the book is very US-centered, and seems to be, at the last minute, a call to preserve the affirmative action laws that were (and remain) at risk when the book was published.