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The Derrick Bell Reader Richard Delgado

The Derrick Bell Reader By Richard Delgado

The Derrick Bell Reader by Richard Delgado

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An authoritative collection of writings from a prominent public intellectual.

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The Derrick Bell Reader by Richard Delgado

An essential collection of the writings of progressive lawyer and race activist Derrick Bell
Lawyer, activist, teacher, writer: for over 40 years, Derrick Bell provoked his critics and challenged his readers with uncompromising candor and progressive views on race and class in America. A founder of Critical Race Theory and pioneer of the use of allegorical stories as tools of analysis, Bell's groundbreaking work shattered conventional legal orthodoxies and turned comfortable majoritarian myths inside out.
Edited and with an extensive introduction by leading critical race theorists Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, The Derrick Bell Reader reflects the tremendous breadth of issues that Bell grappled with over his phenomenal career, including affirmative action, Black nationalism, legal education and ethics. Together, these selections offer the most complete collection of Derrick Bell's writing available today.

The Derrick Bell Reader Reviews

A growing number of scholars have helped us understand the law's impact on both the major events and the minutiae of our daily lives. It's safe to say, however, that few do so with the provocative verve and vigor of Derrick Bell. This volume is a must read for long-time followers of Derrick Bell's work as well as casual readers looking for material that is both intellectually stimulating and entertaining. -- Henry Louis Gates, Jr., co-author of The Future of the Race
Biting, intense, full of dramatic surprises and brilliant insights, Bell's work is the antidote to all the feel-good narratives of racial change. -- Duncan Kennedy, author of Legal Education and the Reproduction of Hierarchy
Derrick Bell's impressive body of scholarship continues to inspire generations of readers by inviting them into an extended conversation between him and a community of people who gave life to his vision and generously shared their own wisdom in search of justice. -- Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres, co-authors of The Miner's Canary
Finally, the essence of Derrick Bell as a scholar, teacher, and activist is captured in The Derrick Bell Reader. Bell's remarkable career, as a civil rights attorney, scholar on race and justice, and activist promoting the rights of all citizens, is fully addressed. It is a great read. -- Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., author of All Deliberate Speed
For those who agree, or disagree, with Bell's radical departure from accepted racial notions, The Derrick Bell Reader offers plenty to dissect. The book could not have arrived at a better time. -- Brian Gilmore, Howard University School of Law

About Richard Delgado

Richard Delgado is John J. Sparkman Chair of Law at the University of Alabama and one of the founders of critical race theory. His books include The Latino/a Condition: A Critical Reader (co-edited with Jean Stefancic; New York University Press) and The Rodrigo Chronicles (New York University Press). Jean Stefancic is Professor and Clement Research Affiliate at the University of Alabama School of Law. Her books include No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America's Social Agenda and How Lawyers Lose Their Way: A Profession Fails Its Creative Minds.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Prologue: The Chronicle of the Constitutional Contradiction Chapter 1: Economic Determinism and Interest Convergence Chapter 2: Racial Realism Chapter 3: Ethics of Lawyering Chapter 4: Revisionist History Chapter 5: Sexuality and Romance Chapter 6: Politics of the Academy Chapter 7: Nationalism, Separatism, and Self-HelpChapter 8: Price of Racial Remedies Chapter 9: Pedagogy Chapter 10: Racial Standing Chapter 11: Racism as Meanness Chapter 12: Popular Democracy Chapter 13: Race and Class Chapter 14: Survival Strategies Chapter 15: Critiques BibliographyIndex About the Editors

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The Derrick Bell Reader by Richard Delgado
New York University Press
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