The history of the Negro in the United States can be traced in a study of legal pronouncements. Uniquely, among the various nationality and ethnic groups which constitute America, the Negroes' history is found in legislative enactments and judicial decisions. From servitude to citizenship the story of the Negro is found in the law. To understand that story requires more than a mere reading of the law: one must understand its inconsistencies, its contradictions, its paradoxes, its ironies, its tragic and its comic face, its cruel and its self-destructive forces. One must understand its denial of, and quest for, humanity
Eric W. Springer,
The Unconquerable Prejudice of Caste - Civil Rights in Early Pennsylvania,
Duq. L. Rev.
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