Dred Scott's Revenge
Judge Andrew Napolitano lays bare the twisted legal history of racism in America.
“All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights” wedded the American soul to the concept that freedom comes from our humanity, not from the government. But American governments legally suspended the free will of blacks for 150 years, and then denied blacks equal protection of the law for another 150 years. How did this happen in America, how were the Constitution and laws of the land twisted so as to institutionalize racism, and how did it or will it end?
In a refreshingly candid book, Dred Scott’s Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom In America, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano takes a no-holds-barred look at the role of the government in the denial of freedoms based on race.
Here’s what people are saying about Dred Scott’s Revenge…
“The best history of the law and race I’ve ever read… Judge Napolitano has written a challenge to anyone who thinks they understand the roots of America’s tangled race relations.”
– Juan Williams, National Public Radio
“The Attorney General ignited a firestorm by suggesting that ours was a nation of ‘cowards’ when it comes to conversations about race. Judge Andrew Napolitano is no coward. His brave and incisive book takes the calamitous, contemptuous Dred Scott decision, which held slaves to be “non-persons,” as its starting point. In this sharply written narrative, the Judge shows us how race remains the driving force in almost every aspect of American life, from education to law enforcement. Dred Scott, the person, would have appreciated this graphic and honest appraisal.”
– Geraldo Rivera, Fox News Channel
“Judge Napolitano… has written a riveting guide to the tumultuous history of our civil rights journey, coming to a post-racial society.”
– Nat Hentoff, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, senior fellow at the Cato Institute
“Dred Scott’s Revenge makes it impossible for the self-anointed ‘experts’ on race relations to ever accuse the country of being too afraid to have a national discussion on race. Judge Napolitano lays out 150 years of our national experience… and places the blame for much of what’s wrong squarely at the feet of those responsible: the federal government and politicians whose plans, policies, and programs trashed the Constitution. Compelling and timely reading written for the layman, not lawyers!”
– Glenn Beck, Nationally syndicated radio talk show host; Host, The Glenn Beck Program, Fox News Channel
“It is said President Obama gave the definitive speech on race; well, Judge Andrew Napolitano has written the definitive book. [He] has broken new ground as he examines the precious link between the words men write about freedom and the true freedom of all men.”
– Gov. Michael Steele, Chair, Republican National Committee