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Berry, Mary Frances

Overview
Works: 88 works in 241 publications in 1 language and 16,461 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Sources  Conference papers and proceedings  Genealogy  Rules  Speeches 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Interviewee
Publication Timeline
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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 )

22 editions published between 1971 and 1995 in English and held by 1,779 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
Long memory : the Black experience in America by Mary Frances Berry( Book )

10 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 1,690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This powerful, provocative survey is organized around the key issues of Afro-American history: Africa and slavery, family, religion, sex and racism, politics, economics, education, criminal justice, discrimination and protest movements, and black nationalism
My face is black is true : Callie House and the struggle for ex-slave reparations by Mary Frances Berry( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,630 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
Ripples of hope : great American civil rights speeches by Josh Gottheimer( Book )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 1,561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of civil rights speeches includes a never-before-published speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., in a volume that captures the civil rights movements of African Americans, gays, Asian Americans, women, and Hispanic Americans
Why ERA failed : politics, women's rights, and the amending process of the constitution by Mary Frances Berry( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 1,266 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 )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,237 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 )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 1,172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The politics of parenthood : child care, women's rights, and the myth of the good mother by Mary Frances Berry( Book )

15 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American society still clings to a family model in which child care is a woman's responsibility. But this trailblazing book suggests that behind the rhetoric for maternal responsibility lie issues of power, resources, and control. Reaching back into the American past--and into the experiences of black, white, and Native Americans--Mary Frances Berry reveals how recent our definition of "good" parenting really is and argues that what matters is not who cares for the children, but the quality of the care provided. The Politics of Parenthood is a clarion call for a new model of parenting based not on ideology but on our children's needs. (Back cover)
Military necessity and civil rights policy : Black citizenship and the Constitution, 1861-1868 by Mary Frances Berry( Book )

8 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 789 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 )

9 editions published in 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 607 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 in 2010 in English and held by 603 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( )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five dollars and a pork chop sandwich : vote buying and the corruption of democracy by Mary Frances Berry( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A timely and nonpartisan book on voter manipulation and electoral corruption--and the importance of stimulating voter turnout and participation, "--Amazon.com
History teaches us to resist : how progressive movements have succeeded in challenging times by Mary Frances Berry( Book )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Despair and mourning after the election of an antagonistic or polarizing president, such as Donald Trump, is part of the push-pull of American politics. But in this incisive book, historian Mary Frances Berry shows that resistance to presidential administrations has led to positive change and the defeat of outrageous proposals, even in challenging times. Noting that all presidents, including ones considered progressive, sometimes require massive organization to affect policy decisions, Berry cites Indigenous peoples' protests against the Dakota pipeline during Barack Obama's administration as a modern example of successful resistance built on earlier actions. Beginning with Franklin Roosevelt, Berry discusses that president's refusal to prevent race discrimination in the defense industry during World War II and the subsequent March on Washington movement. She analyzes Lyndon Johnson, the war in Vietnam, and the antiwar movement, and then examines Ronald Reagan's two terms, which offer stories of opposition to reactionary policies, such as ignoring the AIDS crisis and retreating on racial progress, to show how resistance can succeed. The prochoice protests during the George H.W. Bush administration and the opposition to Bill Clinton's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, as well as his budget cuts and welfare reform, are also discussed, as are protests against the war in Iraq and the Patriot Act during George W. Bush's presidency. Throughout these varied examples, Berry underscores that even when resistance doesn't achieve all the goals of a particular movement, it often plants a seed that comes to fruition later. Berry also shares experiences from her six decades as an activist in various movements, including protesting the Vietnam War and advocating for the Free South Africa and civil rights movements, which provides an additional layer of insight from someone who was there. And as a result of having served in five presidential administrations, Berry brings an insider's knowledge of government. History Teaches Us to Resist is an essential book for our times and attests to the power of resistance. It proves to us, through myriad historical examples, that protest is an essential ingredient of politics, and that progressive movements can and will flourish, even in perilous times."--Jacket
Blacks in the year 2000 by Joseph R Washington( Book )

4 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voting rights in America : continuing the quest for full participation( Book )

7 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 328 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 )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 230 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
My face is black is true : [Callie House and the struggle for ex-slave reparations] by Mary Frances Berry( Recording )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 119 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( )

9 editions published between 1966 and 1983 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History teaches us to resist : how progressive movements have succeeded in challenging times by Mary Frances Berry( Recording )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A historian and civil rights activist proves how progressive movements can flourish even in conservative times
 
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Long memory : the Black experience in America
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Long memory : the Black experience in AmericaMy face is black is true : Callie House and the struggle for ex-slave reparationsRipples of hope : great American civil rights speechesWhy ERA failed : politics, women's rights, and the amending process of the constitutionAnd justice for all : the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the continuing struggle for freedom in AmericaThe pig farmer's daughter and other tales of American justice : episodes of racism and sexism in the courts from 1865 to the presentThe politics of parenthood : child care, women's rights, and the myth of the good motherPower in words : the stories behind Barack Obama's speeches, from the state house to the White House
Alternative Names
Berry, Mary F.

Berry, Mary S.

Mary Frances Berry American historian

Mary Frances Berry Amerikaans historica

Mary Frances Berry historiadora estadounidense

Languages
English (171)