Book Review: Social Movements, Legal Change, and the Challenges of Writing Legal History
Christopher W. Schmidt
Chicago-Kent College of Law; American Bar Foundation
65 Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc 155 (2012)
Chicago-Kent College of Law Research Paper No. 2013-36
(Reviewing Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement (2011)).
This Essay identifies the key contributions that Tomiko-Brown Nagin’s Courage to Dissent makes to the legal history of the civil rights movement. It situates the book among several other prominent legal histories of the civil rights era and offers thoughts on the challenge of creating historical accounts that illuminate the complex intersections of legal change and social activism. The Essay argues that Courage to Dissent is among the most thorough and ambitious efforts to confront this challenge in the literature today.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: Legal History, Civil Rights Movement, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Courage to Dissent, Atlanta, social activism, legal change, writing legal history
JEL Classification: K10, K19, K30, K39
Date posted: February 15, 2013 ; Last revised: September 25, 2013