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Race and Liberty in America
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Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader

Jonathan Bean


The history of civil rights in the United States is usually analyzed and interpreted through the lenses of modern conservatism and progressive liberalism. This book argues that the historical record does not conveniently fit into either of these categories and that knowledge of the American classical liberal tradition is required to gain a more accurate understanding of the past, present, and future of civil liberties in the nation. By assembling and contextualizing classic documents—from the Declaration of Independence to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to the 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision b ... More

Keywords: Declaration of Independence, Civil Rights, progressive liberalism, classical liberalism, color, race

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813125459
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125459.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Bean, author