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Black Trials: Citizenship from the Beginnings of Slavery to the End of Caste

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   From a brilliant young legal scholar comes this sweeping history of American ideas of belonging and citizenship, told through the stories of fourteen legal cases that helped to shape our nation.
   Spanning three centuries, Black Trials details the legal challenges and struggles that helped define the ever-shifting identity of blacks in America. From the well-known cases
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Vintage (first published October 12th 2004)
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César
Aug 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law, essays, history
Gets 4 starts became Weiner provides interesting, easy to read essays on key legal cases (plus a foray into Clarence Thomas' confirmation) stretching from slave resistance to Mumia. However, if you're looking for Weiner to make good on the title's promise to discuss the concept of black citizenship then you'll have to keep looking. Though I think that all of these cases touch on citizenship, Weiner doesn't ever provide an analysis of how or why that is. Except for a few paragraphs at the end of ...more
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May 17, 2008 marked it as to-read
From a brillant young legal scholar comes this sweeping history of Americna ideas of belonging and citizenship, told through the stories of fourteen legal cases that helped to shape our nation.

Spanning three centuries the book details the legal challenges and strauggles that helped define the every-shifting identity of blacks in America.
Sue
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: slaves-civil-war
Maybe Mr. Weiner meant "Trials . . . " as in trials and tribulations, because he goes off on any possible tangent so frequently that I lost interest and could not finish this thing. Not much to do with trials, but some good points were made.
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Ever since I can remember, I have been interested in how people across the world have used law to organize their communities in profoundly different ways. My love of law and its development grew while I was in school, at Stanford and Yale, and in time I wrote three books on the subject.

In 2001, I got married, bought a house, and began teaching at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. I ador
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