August 20, 2020
Best Books and Articles on Race, Police and the Welfare State
(Oakland, CA)Americas enhanced public debate on the issues of civil rights, policing, race, and the welfare state has potential to advance liberty and justice for all. But the current civil rights march toward this noble goal can stall unless we acquireand act ona deeper understanding of the relevant findings that scholars have made in the fields of history, economics, law, and political philosophy.
To advance this dialogue, Independent Institute Senior Fellow Dr. Williamson M. Evers has created The Crisis in Civil Rights, one of the most exhaustive annotated reading lists ever assembled regarding these issues.
Suitable for use by college students and educators seeking material for curricula in the social sciences, criminology, and ethnic studies, as well as business and civic leaders, policymakers, and journalists, The Crisis in Civil Rights relies heavily on exemplary but lesser-known scholarship that draws on Americas heritage of individual rights, equality under the law, free markets, and freedom of opportunity.
Of the hundreds of books and articles that he recommends, Evers pointed to three as must-reads: Illiberal Reformers by Thomas C. Leonard, to see how Progressive-Era reformers put racist policies in effect in the name of supposed science; Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man, Timothy Sandefurs recent biography of the black abolitionist and orator, which shows how much one determined individual can do for liberty; and Why the Germans? Why the Jews? by Aly Götz, which shows the role of envy in German anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.
While Americas city streets echo with rage, when long-standing institutions face new doubts and challenges, and when people on all sides of a divided nation often see more reason for despair than for optimism, learning from mistakes and triumphs of the past can provide wisdom for todays challenges, says Evers.
The Crisis in Civil Rights can be read here.
To interview Williamson Evers, contact [email protected], or 510-635-3690
100 Swan Way, Oakland, CA 94621-1428
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