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Nieman, Donald G.

Overview
Works: 29 works in 94 publications in 1 language and 6,851 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Donald G Nieman
Local matters : race, crime, and justice in the nineteenth-century South( )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 1,781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Promises to keep : African-Americans and the constitutional order, 1776 to the present by Donald G Nieman( Book )

11 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African-Americans have had an ambivalent relationship with the Constitution for more than two hundred years. Throughout most of American history, racist interpretations of the Constitution have sanctioned a legal system supportive of slavery, marked blacks as inferiors, rendered them politically powerless, and denied them justice and access to society's resources. Yet both black and white opponents of slavery and racial subordination--from antebellum abolitionists to twentieth-century civil rights leaders--have found principles in the Constitution that support their demands for freedom, citizenship, and equality. In Promises to Keep, Donald G. Nieman tells the story of this paradoxical relationship, tracing it from the birth of the Republic to current battles over school segregation, voting rights, and affirmative action. While Nieman examines the devastating effects of constitutionally sanctioned racism on the lives of African-Americans, he also shows how blacks and their white allies have been active agents of constitutional change since the early nineteenth century, forging an egalitarian constitutionalism and using it to press a reluctant nation to honor its long-deferred promise of equality. Compact, lively, and readable, Promises to Keep illuminates the past and offers a fresh perspective on the current debate over civil rights, showing how it too often ignores the tragic history of law and race in America. This is the first volume of Bicentennial Essays on the Bill of Rights, an important series co-sponsored by the Organization of American Historians and Oxford University Press, under the general editorship of Kermit L. Hall
To set the law in motion : the Freedmen's Bureau and the legal rights of Blacks, 1865-1868 by Donald G Nieman( Book )

6 editions published between 1975 and 1979 in English and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Constitution, law, and American life : critical aspects of the nineteenth-century experience( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eight essays collected in The Constitution, Law, and American Life imaginatively explore the interrelationship between law and society in nineteenth-century America and encompass in their discussion some of the major historical issues of the era. Featuring contributions by leading scholars in the field, the volume reflects the freshness and diversity of contemporary legal history. In a wide-ranging essay examining the social, cultural, intellectual, and moral underpinnings of nineteenth-century law, Michael Les Benedict recreates the world view that informed Victorian legal culture and offers a bold reinterpretation of the legal order of the period. Two essays focus on the relationship between slavery and the law. Phillip Shaw Paludan provides a compelling challenge to conventional wisdom about the framers of the Constitution and their attitudes toward slavery, while Paul Finkelman's treatment of the South Bend fugitive slave rescue of 1849 offers a case study of the unbearable pressures that slavery placed on the legal process. Revealing the creative uses of law by white women and African Americans, Norma Basch and Donald G. Nieman show that constitutional principles afforded both groups the means to challenge oppression. These principles, they argue, played a pivotal role in movements that had their genesis in the nineteenth century and have transformed American life in our own time--the women's rights movement and the black struggle for freedom. Two essays focus on the law and social deviance. David T. Courtwright examines the social and legal forces that shaped the legal response to drug addiction. John S. Hughes shows how commitment law afforded ordinary families in pre-Civil War Alabama a means to cope with domestic problems, including spouse abuse, incest, and alcoholism. Exploring the relation between law and urbanization, Harold L. Platt demonstrates that, contrary to received wisdom, reformers of the Gilded Age made creative use of law to cope with the problems created by runaway urban growth and economic development. The individual essays collected in The Constitution, Law, and American Life are fascinating and provocative; taken together, they make a significant contribution to constitutional-legal history of the nineteenth century
Freedom, racism, and Reconstruction : collected writings of LaWanda Cox by LaWanda C. Fenlason Cox( Book )

3 editions published between 1997 and 2016 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black southerners and the law, 1865-1900( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African Americans and the emergence of segregation, 1865-1900( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black freedom/White violence, 1865-1900( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African Americans and non-agricultural labor in the South, 1865-1900( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African Americans and Southern politics from redemption to disfranchisement( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Politics of freedom : African Americans and the political process during Reconstruction( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From slavery to sharecropping : white land and Black labor in the rural South, 1865-1900( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The African American family in the South, 1861-1900( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African Americans and education in the South, 1865-1900( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The day of the jubilee : the Civil War experience of Black Southerners( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Church and community among Black southerners, 1865-1900( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Freedmen's Bureau and Black freedom( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African American life in the Post-Emancipation South : 1861-1900 : a twelve-volume anthology of scholarly articles( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African American life in the Post-Emancipation South : a twelve-volume anthology of scholarly articles( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African American life in the post-emancipation South : 1861-1900 ; a twelve volume anthology of scholarly articles( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Promises to keep : African-Americans and the constitutional order, 1776 to the present
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Promises to keep : African-Americans and the constitutional order, 1776 to the presentFreedom, racism, and Reconstruction : collected writings of LaWanda CoxBlack southerners and the law, 1865-1900
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English (83)