On Account of Race

On Account of Race

The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights

Lawrence Goldstone


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  • Goldstone writes, “I don't think we make ourselves stronger as a nation by pretending our founders were somehow not as human in their flaws as the rest of us.” On Account of Race is a vital entry point to strengthening our nation by reckoning honestly with its past (as well as our present)
  • Provocative, illuminating, and sobering, veteran historian and social researcher Lawrence Goldstone’s new book is perfect for fans of podcasts like More Perfect and The Citizen’s Guide to the Supreme Court
  • On Account of Race takes to task the intentional vaugeries of the US Constitution, outlining how those vagueries have enabled the systematic, Supreme Court-sponsored disenfranchisement of Black Americans via voter suppression, beginning in 1876 and continuing to today.
  • With the recent appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, readers have a renewed interest in the immense power of the Supreme Court to shape US policy and the lives of Americans. On Account of Race is a lucid exposition of the Court by a veteran historian, one that cracks the history of voter suppression in America wide open in time for a US presidential election in which voter suppression promises to be a central issue
  • In the vein of The New Jim Crow and The Color of Law, On Account of Race is a strong selection for higher-ed course adoption including FYE programs—our marketing efforts will include a major academic outreach campaign to FYE coordinators as well as to professors teaching around Constitutional Law, American history, African American studies, the history of white supremacy, American political history, voter suppression (the history of, and the current crisis of), and historiography.
  • Lawrence Goldstone is a well-respected social historian who has been writing about and researching the American government’s role in nurturing and American white supremacy for many years—about this topic, he writes “Mostly, I look for people or incidents where injustice has been sloughed over so history can be sanitized by whoever came out on top.”
  • Goldstone’s previous book on the Supreme Court was exceptionally well-received: Inherently Unequal was described as “clear, cogent” (Washington Post), “comprehensive and remarkably lucid” (Publishers Weekly), and “absorbing” (Library Journal).
  • Author lives in Sagaponack, NY
  • Acquired by Counterpoint founding editor Jack Shoemaker

    Bookseller Praise for On Account of Race

    "A crucially important examination of the ways in which the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly stood with white supremacists over the civil rights of all citizens. To be read alongside Stamped from the Beginning and One Person, No Vote." —Buffy Cummins, Tattered Cover (Denver, CO)

    "Thorough, disturbing analysis of how the Supreme Court in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century subverted and ultimately quashed the voting rights of millions of African Americans. Differing interpretations of the constitution and its amendments are commonplace, but what is uncommon, and grossly unconstitutional, was the elimination of a fundamental right earned by nothing less than a shattering civil war." —Mike Hare, Northshire Bookstore (Manchester Center, VT)

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