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New Library Acquisitions: January 2014

February 05, 2014

Biddle Law Library is continually acquiring new titles, in print and available electronically. Take a look at our recent acquisitions!

Some highlights include:

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Susan D. Carle, Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice, 1880-1915 (Oxford, 2013). 

“Defining the Struggle is a ground-breaking and important exploration of how late nineteenth and early twentieth century national organizations—including the National Afro American League, the National Afro American Council, the National Association of Colored Women, and the Niagara Movement— developed myriad strategies for law-related racial justice organizing…Law professor Susan D. Carle traces the fascinating, sometimes fractious campaigns for voting rights anti-lynching laws, civil rights equality, social welfare policy, and economic advancement. She traces in detail how these early national organizations transmitted their ideas and experiences to two flagship national racial justice organizations of the early twentieth century, the NAACP and National Urban League. In so doing Carle sheds new light on how these early origins helped set the path for twentieth century legal civil rights activism in the United States.”


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Evan J. Mandery, A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America (W.W. Norton, 2013)

“Drawing on never-before-published original source detail, the epic story of two of the most consequential, and largely forgotten, moments in Supreme Court history.

For two hundred years, the constitutionality of capital punishment had been axiomatic…In 1972, in a most unlikely victory, the Supreme Court struck down Georgia’s death penalty law in Furman v. Georgia. Though the decision had sharply divided the justices, nearly everyone, including the justices themselves, believed Furman would mean the end of executions in America.

Instead, states responded with a swift and decisive showing of support for capital punishment. As anxiety about crime rose and public approval of the Supreme Court declined, the stage was set in 1976 for Gregg v. Georgia, in which the Court dramatically reversed direction.

A Wild Justice is an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the Court, the justices, and the political complexities of one of the most racially charged and morally vexing issues of our time.”


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Erik F. Gerding, Law, Bubbles, and Financial Regulation (Routledge, 2013)

“Financial regulation can fail when it is needed the most. The dynamics of asset price bubbles weaken financial regulation just as financial markets begin to overheat and the risk of crisis spikes. At the same time, the failure of financial regulations adds further fuel to a bubble.

This book examines the interaction of bubbles and financial regulation. It explores the ways in which bubbles lead to the failure of financial regulation by outlining five dynamics, which it collectively labels the “Regulatory Instability Hypothesis.”

The book concludes by outlining approaches to make financial regulation more resilient to these dynamics that undermine law.”

Be sure to check out the complete list of new acquisitions for more!