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Bob Cottrol has a new book out. It’s not released yet, but you can now preorder from Amazon.
Students of American history know of the lawâ€™s critical role in systematizing a racial hierarchy in the United States. Showing that this history is best appreciated in a comparative perspective,Â The Long, Lingering ShadowÂ 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 journey from the origins of New World slavery in colonial Latin America to current debates and litigation over affirmative action in Brazil and the United States, as well as contemporary struggles against racial discrimination and Afro-Latin invisibility in the Spanish-speaking nations of the hemisphere.
Ranging across such topics as slavery, emancipation, scientific racism, immigration policies, racial classifications, and legal processes, Cottrol unravels a complex odyssey. By the eve of the Civil War, the U.S. slave system was rooted in a legal and cultural foundation of racial exclusion unmatched in the Western Hemisphere. That systemâ€™s legacy was later echoed in Jim Crow, the practice of legally mandated segregation. Jim Crow in turn caused leading Latin Americans to regard their nations as models of racial equality because their laws did not mandate racial discriminationâ€” a belief that masked very real patterns of racism throughout the Americas. And yet, Cottrol says, if the United States has had a history of more-rigid racial exclusion, since the Second World War it has also had a more thorough civil rights revolution, with significant legal victories over racial discrimination. Cottrol explores this remarkable transformation and shows how it is now inspiring civil rights activists throughout the Americas.
Professor Cottrol is fluent in Portugese and Spanish, so is uniquely suited for a work like this.
David E. YoungÂ is the author of “The Founder’s View of the Right to Bear Arms” and “The Origin of the Second Amendment.” His work was cited by the 5th Circuit in theÂ Emerson case, and by the Supreme Court in DC v. Heller. He also blogs atÂ “On Second Opinion:”
Fact checking modern opinions and assertions regarding Second Amendment history and development by direct comparison with Founding Era facts
If you’re looking to develop a greater understanding of the Second Amendment, it’s a great resource.