New Addition to the Digital Collection: Race & the Law

September 9, 2020


We're announcing the addition of Race & the Law, a new list of newly purchased titles within the Constitutional Law and Civil Rights category of the library's Digital Collection! This list features e-book titles that focus on a variety of aspects of race in the United States: strategies for racial justice, a look at racial bias and prejudice within the legal system, the history of racial inequity in the United States, and more. Here are a few highlights from our new list:

The New Jim Crow : Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness

The 10th-anniversary edition of civil rights attorney and legal scholar Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking work outlines how modern mass incarceration and post-conviction restrictions on employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a legal system of discrimination against communities of color and act as a contemporary extension of Jim Crow laws.

Just mercy : A story of justice and redemption

Just Mercy is a memoir written by attorney and founder of Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson that tells the story of the legal battle to exonerate Walter "Johnny D." McMillian, a death row inmate convicted of a murder he didn’t commit. This book has been adapted into a movie of the same name starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan.

The little book of race and restorative justice: black lives, healing, and US social transformation 

The latest in the Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding series from Good Books, this book focuses on restorative justice and healing as a viable solution for systemic racial inequity and proposes the application of a racial justice-focused approach to restorative justice for education, the justice system, and communities as a whole. 

Redress for historical injustices in the United States: on reparations for slavery, Jim Crow, and their legacies

This collection of 26 essays on the reparations movement from academics and activists looks at the variety of proposals and opinions on redress for historical wrongs against African Americans in the United States. Included in this work are a number of primary documents that help support the legal argument for reparations, from federal, state, and local acts and resolutions to legal opinions, briefs, findings, and directives.

Access to these titles and others within the Race & the Law category requires a current library account, which you can register for on our Get a Library Account page. If you have any suggestions for additional titles you'd like to see featured here, please let us know!

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