Ghost Dancing the Law

The Wounded Knee Trials
Author: John William Sayer
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674001848
Category: History
Page: 320
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This study of the Wounded Knee trials demonstrates the impact that legal institutions and the media have on political dissent. Sayer draws on court records, news reports, and interviews to show how both the defense and the prosecution had to respond continually to legal constraints, media coverage, and political events outside the courtroom.

The History of Nebraska Law


Author: Alan G. Gless
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 0821417878
Category: Law
Page: 318
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In the aftermath of the Civil War, legislators in the Nebraska Territory grappled with the responsibility of forming a state government as well as with the larger issues of reconstructing the Union, protecting civil rights, and redefining federal-state relations. In the years that followed, Nebraskans coped with regional and national economic collapses. Nebraska women struggled for full recognition in the legal profession. Meyer v. Nebraska, a case involving a teacher in a one-room rural Nebraska schoolhouse, changed the course of American constitutional doctrine and remains one of the cornerstones of civil liberties law. And Roscoe Pound, a boy from Lincoln, went on to become one of the nation's great legal philosophers. Much of Nebraska law reflects mainstream American law, yet Nebraskans have been open to experiment and innovation. The state revamped the legislative process by establishing the nation's only unicameral legislature and pioneered public employment collective bargaining and dispute resolution through its commission of industrial relations and relaxation of strict separation of powers. Nebraska holds a prominent position in the field of Native American legal history, and the state's original inhabitants have been at the center of many significant developments in federal Indian policy. Nebraska Indian legal history is replete with stories of failure and success, triumph and heartache, hope and misery, suffering and hardship.

Political Trials

Gordian Knots in the Law
Author: N.A
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9780765804730
Category: Law
Page: 344
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Political trials take issues of responsibility, conscience, representation, and legitimacy, which are tied in tight political and legal knots, and force us to face questions about our public identity, our standards for public policy, and our sense of history. Ron Christenson explores how political trials, especially those within the rule of law, engage society's conflicting values and loyalties. He examines numerous political trials throughout history, bringing into question basic foundations of law, politics, and society. Christenson classifies political trials according to the issues they generate in the political sphere: partisan trials are spurious legal proceedings but politically expedient; trials of corruption and insanity raise questions of public and personal responsibility; trials of dissenters involve problems of conscience; trials of nationalists highlight the nature of representation and the relationship of the part to the whole; and trials of regimes engage the most fundamental concept of both law and politics--legitimacy. Political Trials brings these considerations to bear on some of the best-known cases in history, including the Gunpowder Plot; the Spanish Inquisition; the Dreyfus affair; the Nuremburg trials; trials of dissenters such as Socrates, Thomas More, Roger Williams, and the Berrigan brothers; and trials of nationalists such as Joan of Arc, Gandhi, Knut Hamsun, and the Irish republicans. Since the first edition appeared, a number of notable political trials have raised critical issues for society. Shocking public exposures about the Guildford 4 and Maguire 7 trials shook the British criminal justice establishment, while in the United States trials concerning the beating of Rodney King led up to the O.J. Simpson spectacle and a host of parallel questions. The trials of right-wing terrorists such as Paul Hill, found guilty of murdering an abortion doctor, and Timothy McVeigh, convicted of the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, parallel the case of left-wing dissenter Karl Armstrong in the 1970s. Finally, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Committee provides a test case of whether a nation can not only remember but grant amnesty and achieve true reconciliation. In examining the dilemmas involved in these trials, Christenson shows how they make a positive contribution to an open and democratic society. Political Trials will be an important addition to the libraries of historians, legal scholars, and political scientists.

Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision


Author: Marie Battiste
Publisher: UBC Press
ISBN: 0774842474
Category: Social Science
Page: 314
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The essays in Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision spring from an International Summer Institute held in 1996 on the cultural restoration of oppressed Indigenous peoples. The contributors, primarily Indigenous, unravel the processes of colonization that enfolded modern society and resulted in the oppression of Indigenous peoples.

William M. Kunstler

The Most Hated Lawyer in America
Author: David J. Langum
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814738001
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 452
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Alternately vilified as a publicity-seeking egoist and lauded as a rambunctious, fearless advocate, William Kunstler consistently embodied both of these qualities. Kunstler's unrelenting, radical critique of American racism and the legal system took shape as a result of his efforts to enlist the federal judicial system to support the civil rights movement. In the late 60s and the 70s, Kunstler, refocusing his attention on the Black Power and anti-war movement, garnered considerable public attention as defender of the Chicago Seven, and went on to represent such controversial figures as Leonard Peltier, the American Indian Movement leader charged with killing an FBI agent, and Jack Ruby, the killer of Lee Harvey Oswald. Later, Kunstler briefly represented Colin Ferguson, the Long Island Railroad mass murderer, outraging fans and detractors alike with his invocation of the infamous "black rage" defense. Defending those most loathed by mainstream, conventional America, William Kunstler delighted in taking on fiercely political cases, usually representing society's outcasts and pariahs free of charge and often achieving remarkable courtroom results in seemingly hopeless cases. Though Kunstler never gave up his revolutionary underpinnings, he gradually turned from defending clients whose political beliefs he personally supported to taking on apolitical clients, falling back on the broad rationale that his was a general struggle against an oppressive government. What ideological and tactical motives explain Kunstler's obsessive craving for media attention, his rhetorical flourishes in the courtroom and his instinctive and relentless drive for action? How did Kunstler migrate from a comfortable middle-class background to a life as a staunchly rebellious figure in social and legal history? David Langum's portrait gives depth to the already notorious breadth of William Kunstler's life.

South Dakota History


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: South Dakota
Page: N.A
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American Indian Culture and Research Journal


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Indians of North America
Page: N.A
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Almost All Aliens

Immigration, Race, and Colonialism in American History and Identity
Author: Paul Spickard
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135950474
Category: History
Page: 744
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Almost All Aliens offers a unique reinterpretation of immigration in the history of the United States. Leaving behind the traditional melting-pot model of immigrant assimilation, Paul Spickard puts forward a fresh and provocative reconceptualization that embraces the multicultural reality of immigration that has always existed in the United States. His astute study illustrates the complex relationship between ethnic identity and race, slavery, and colonial expansion. Examining not only the lives of those who crossed the Atlantic, but also those who crossed the Pacific, the Caribbean, and the North American Borderlands, Almost All Aliens provides a distinct, inclusive analysis of immigration and identity in the United States from 1600 until the present. For additional information and classroom resources please visit the Almost All Aliens companion website at www.routledge.com/textbooks/almostallaliens.

The Federal Lawyer


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Law
Page: N.A
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Great Plains Quarterly


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Great Plains
Page: N.A
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From Chinese Exclusion to Guantánamo Bay

Plenary Power and the Prerogative State
Author: Natsu Taylor Saito
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Law
Page: 497
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This study details historic applications of the plenary power doctrine, in which US courts allow the executive branch full power over groups of citizens without concomitant constitutional protection, showing that expansions of power aren't unique to the Bush administration but part of a troubling tradition that, according to the author, undermines American principles and may violate international human rights law.

Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian


Author: Barry T. Klein
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780915344895
Category: Social Science
Page: 708
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Great American Lawyers

An Encyclopedia
Author: John R. Vile
Publisher: Abc-clio
ISBN: 9781576072028
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 820
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This two volume set offers unmatched insight into the lives and careers of 100 of America's most notable defense and prosecuting attorneys.

West's encyclopedia of American law


Author: Jeffrey Lehman,Shirelle Phelps
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780787663681
Category: Law
Page: 524
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Nebraska History


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nebraska
Page: N.A
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Criminal justice review


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
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Loud Hawk

The United States Versus the American Indian Movement
Author: Kenneth S. Stern
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806134390
Category: History
Page: 373
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First-hand account by trial lawyer for Indian defendants.

In The Shadow of Wounded Knee

The Untold Final Story of the Indian Wars
Author: Roger L. Di Silvestro
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802715141
Category: History
Page: 272
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Documents the Army massacre of 150 Native Americans in December, 1890, along Wounded Knee Creek in the Lakota reservation, detailing its link to an assassination and the murders of three Native Americans that rallied politicians, soldiers, and citizens to condemn the events at Wounded Knee and fight for Native American rights during two sensationalized trials. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Moments of Magical Realism in US Ethnic Literatures


Author: Lyn Di Iorio Sandín,R. Perez
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137329246
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 279
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A collection of essays that explores magical realism as a momentary interruption of realism in US ethnic literature, showing how these moments of magic realism serve to memorialize, address, and redress traumatic ethnic histories.