To examine race relations and American notions of civic inclusiveness, Weiner (law, Rutgers School of Law) analyzes 14 important cases that forced the legal system and the public to reconsider the place of blacks in America. He considers famous historical cases, such as the John Brown and Scottsboro Boys trials, and less known and more recent events, such as Anita Hill's testimony at the Clarence Thomas hearing. In his final chapter, Weiner posits that the liberal vision of racial civic inclusion has been weakened by the loss of religion's emotional force. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Mark S. Weiner's important new book is a withering indictment of U.S. legal history, most notably for its role in the civic exile of black Americans. The book is especially timely in the aftermath of another divisive national campaign over American identity, at home and abroad.