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Description - The Derrick Bell Reader by Richard Delgado

Lawyer, activist, teacher, writer: for over forty years, Derrick Bell has provoked his critics and challenged his readers with uncompromising candor and progressive views on race and class in America. A founder of Critical Race Theory and pioneer of the use of allegorical stories as tools of analysis, Bell's extraordinary work shatters conventional legal orthodoxies and turns comfortable majoritarian myths inside out. While his writing spans several decades and addresses a myriad of topics, it has never been collected in a single volume until now. Edited with an extensive introduction by leading critical race theorists Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, The Derrick Bell Reader consists of fifteen thematic chapters that reflect the tremendous breadth of issues that Bell has grappled with over his phenomenal career, including affirmative action, black nationalism, and legal education and ethics. Some pieces are written in elegant expository prose, such as meditations on the impact of the Brown v. Board of Education decision; others in the narrative form for which Bell is famous, particularly his signature Geneva Crenshaw chronicles. The book also includes never before published material by Bell, including poetry and the startling letter of resignation he submitted to the dean of Harvard Law School in protest of the lack of women of color on the faculty. Together, the selections offer the most complete collection of Derrick Bell's writing available today.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780814719701
ISBN-10: 0814719708
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 493
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Richard Delgado

Richard Delgado is Derrick A. Bell Fellow and Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh. Jean Stefancic is Derrick A. Bell Scholar and Research Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh. Their publications include Critical Race Theory: An Introduction and The Latino/a Condition: A Critical Reader, both published by NYU Press. Derrick Bell is visiting professor of law at New York University School of Law. He is the author of many books, including Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform, Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth, and Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism.

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