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Berry, Mary Frances

Works: 75 works in 186 publications in 1 language and 14,236 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Sources  Conference proceedings  Genealogy 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
Classifications: E185.61, B
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Most widely held works by Mary Frances Berry
Black resistance, white law : a history of constitutional racism in America by Mary Frances Berry( Book )
21 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in English and held by 1,798 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Unavailable for a decade, now completely updated to the 1990s, this landmark book is a powerful indictment of federal use of the Constitution to maintain a racist status quo. Constitutional scholar Mary Frances Berry analyzes the reasons why millions of African Americans whose lives have improved enormously, both socially and economically, are still at risk of police abuse and largely unprotected from bias crimes. From the arrival of the first twenty slaves in Jamestown in 1619 through the founding of the nation, from the Civil War and Reconstruction to the Reagan-Bush years and the Howard Beach, Yusef Hawkins, and Rodney King incidents, federal law enforcement has pleaded lack of authority against white violence while endorsing surveillance of black rebels and using "constitutional" military force against them. Whether by action or inaction, the national government has used the Constitution to deny blacks their effective legal rights
Long memory : the Black experience in America by Mary Frances Berry( Book )
7 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 1,763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
My face is black is true : Callie House and the struggle for ex-slave reparations by Mary Frances Berry( Book )
13 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 1,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Historian Berry resurrects the forgotten life of courageous pioneering activist Callie House (1861-1928), ex-slave, widowed Nashville washerwoman and mother of five who, seventy years before the civil rights movement, headed a demand for ex-slave reparations. House was born into slavery in 1861 and sought African-American pensions based on those offered Union soldiers, targeting taxes on seized rebel cotton (over $1.2 billion in 2005 dollars) and demanding it as repayment for centuries of unpaid labor. The Justice Department banned the activities of her town organizers and falsely accused her of mail fraud; the federal officials had the post office open the mail of almost all African-Americans, denying delivery on the smallest pretext. Though African-American newspapers, most of which preached meekness toward whites, ignored or derided Mrs. House's Ex-Slave Association, the movement flourished until she was imprisoned; deprived of her spirit, leadership and ferocity, the first national grassroots African-American movement fell apart.--From publisher description
Why ERA failed : politics, women's rights, and the amending process of the constitution by Mary Frances Berry( Book )
8 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 1,331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
And justice for all : the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the continuing struggle for freedom in America by Mary Frances Berry( Book )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 1,266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book is the first history in forty years of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. The author, who has been member of the commission for more than twenty years and chairperson for more than a decade, describes its founding in 1957 by President Eisenhower in response to the burgeoning civil rights protest. She makes clear that, from the outset, the commission was designed to be an independent bipartisan federal agency, beholden to no government body, with full subpoena power, free to decide what to investigate and report on. We see how reluctant witnesses overcame fear of reprisal, courageously coming forward with their testimony; how various hearings and reports were instrumental in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965; how Congress added the overseeing of discriminating practices with regard to sex, age, and disability to the commission's jurisdiction, which helped in the passage of the Age Discrimination Act of 1978 and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. We see how each president dealt with the commission; how Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush fired commissioners over policy disagreements; and how, under pressure from Bush, commissioners began to downplay the need to remedy discrimination. Finally, the author makes an impassioned and convincing argument for a reconfigured commission, fully independent, and with an expanded mandate that would allow it to oversee the preservation of all human rights
The pig farmer's daughter and other tales of American justice : episodes of racism and sexism in the courts from 1865 to the present by Mary Frances Berry( Book )
13 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 1,230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and noted professor of law and history at the University of Pennsylvania, a groundbreaking book that examines both civil and criminal court cases from the Civil War to the present, to reveal the impact of stereotyping--race, class, gender--on the American legal system. The question Mary Frances Berry asks: Whose story most strongly influences the making of legal decisions in the American justice system' Using previously unexamined material from state appellate civil and criminal court cases--cases of rape, seduction, and paternity disputes, and cases dealing with murder, inheritance, and property disputes in which sexual relations are at the heart of the story--Berry takes us through two centuries of American case law to show how attitudes toward gender, race, class, and sexuality have materially affected, and continue to affect, judicial decision-making. Among the many cases Berry discusses: Alabama, 1867--A white woman sues her husband for divorce in both the lower and state supreme courts because of his sexual relationship with a former slave, and is denied her petition on the basis that a sexual relationship between a white man and a black woman is "of no consequence." New York, 1932--In a surprising victory, the longtime mistress of a theater owner successfully contests her lover's will and proves her right to inherit a wife's portion of the estate. Texas, 1984--A suit by a woman against her female lover ends in a decision that allows the court to avoid acknowledging the existence of a lesbian relationship. And, in the 1990s, we see the cases of William Kennedy Smith, Mike Tyson, and O. J. Simpson in a new context. Moving stories, shocking stories, ironic stories, tragic stories--a book that fascinates in terms of its human drama, by its demonstration of the ways in which prejudice affects justice, and by its account of how the law has evolved (or hasn't) as our racial, social, and sexual attitudes have changed. From the Hardcover edition
The politics of parenthood : child care, women's rights, and the myth of the good mother by Mary Frances Berry( Book )
9 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 1,167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A distinguished scholar presents a landmark historical perspective on parenthood in America. This trailblazing book suggests that behind the rhetoric of maternal responsibility are issues of power, resources, and control. "Berry's book could be a significant impetus for corporate executives and political leaders, conservatives and liberals, and mothers and fathers to support parental involvement that is gender-free."--The Washington Post Book World
Military necessity and civil rights policy : Black citizenship and the Constitution, 1861-1868 by Mary Frances Berry( Book )
5 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Stability, security, and continuity : Mr. Justice Burton and decision-making in the Supreme Court, 1945-1958 by Mary Frances Berry( Book )
4 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Power in words : the stories behind Barack Obama's speeches, from the state house to the White House by Mary Frances Berry( Book )
9 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Collection of 18 of Obama's most memorable speeches between 2002 and 2008, each introduced by Berry and Gottheimer with political analysis, historical context, and commentary from the speechwriters
Overcoming the past, focusing on the future : an assessment of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's enforcement efforts by United States Commission on Civil Rights( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Blacks in the year 2000 ( Book )
2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Voting rights in America : continuing the quest for full participation ( Book )
5 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ripples of hope : great American civil rights speeches ( )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Brings together the most influential and important voices from two hundred years of America's struggle for civil rights, including essential speeches from leaders, both famous and obscure. With voices as diverse as Cesar Chavez, Harvey Milk, Betty Friedan, Frederick Douglass, and Sojourner Truth, this anthology constitutes a unique chronicle of the nation's civil rights movements and the critical issues they've tackled, from slavery and suffrage to immigration and affirmative action
My face is black is true [Callie House and the struggle for ex-slave reparations] by Mary Frances Berry( Recording )
4 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Born into slavery, Callie House helped create the Ex-Slave Mutual Relief, Bounty, and Pension Association in 1899 as a freedwoman. The organization, one of the first of its kind, campaigned for the reparations promised to African American freedmen by petitioning the government. Callie, their leader and voice of the movement, defied conventions of race, class, and gender with her ideas
The Negro soldier movement and the adoption of national conscription, 1652-1865 by Mary Frances Berry( )
7 editions published between 1966 and 1983 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Toward freedom and civil rights for the freedmen : military policy origins of the thirteenth amendment and the Civil rights act of 1866 by Mary Frances Berry( Book )
2 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
State of the Black Union ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Participants spoke about issues facing the African-American community and how stances on these issues taken by the Republican and Democratic parties would affect their vote. Issues include law enforcement, prison policy, education, economic development in urban and poor areas, and need for strong community organization; questions from the audience were answered
Callie House and the struggle for ex-slave reparations by Mary Frances Berry( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"We are who we say we are" : a Black family's search for home across the Atlantic world by Mary Frances Berry( Book )
2 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Supplement text for courses in African-American History and History of Immigration. The Afro-Creole story offers a unique historical lens through which to understand the issues of migration, immigration, passing, identity and color - forces that still shape American society today"--Provided by publisher
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Alternative Names
Berry, Mary F.
Berry, Mary S.
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