This Is Not Civil Rights: Discovering Rights Talk in 1939 America
by George I. Lovell
University of Chicago Press, 2012
Cloth: 978-0-226-49403-6 | eISBN: 978-0-226-49405-0 | Paper: 978-0-226-49404-3
Library of Congress Classification KF4749.L68 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 323.014
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“A masterly and potentially pathbreaking analysis of American ‘rights talk,’ a much-maligned but largely misunderstood phenomenon. Using a trove of letters written in 1939 and 1940 by ordinary Americans to the Justice Department’s then-new Civil Liberties Unit, George I. Lovell shows that many of the standard claims about American rights talk are wrong; beyond the fervent hope for a rights-regulated society lies a worldly wise realism about rights’ limited capacity to bring about real change.”— Charles R. Epp, University of Kansas