America's Other Clan

The United States Supreme Court (First Edition)
By Albert I. Slomovitz
Paperback, 236 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62661-957-9 ©2015
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    America’s Other Clan: The United States Supreme Court uses primary source documents to explore how the Supreme Court shaped civil rights throughout our country’s history. The book gives students of American history the opportunity to examine excerpts from court decisions and consider their consequences. This work details the practice of slavery in the American colonies and the various state and federal cases that led to a hardening of views about its viability. High-Court cases, post Civil War, are examined to illustrate the erosion of Civil Rights Acts and Amendments.

    The beginnings of the Jim Crow era are discussed, as is the early 20th Century concept of nativism. Blatant and brutal incidents involving lynching are studied from legal, historical and social perspectives. The book details the events and cases leading up to the historic Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas decision, which began the process of ending some forms of segregation. A final chapter continues this research through the present day, raising probing questions about racism, prejudice and how we view our society in the future.

    America's Other Clan can serve as a stand-alone or supplemental text in courses on American history and civil rights. The book also provides fascinating insight for general readers and anyone with an interest in this overlooked aspect of history.

    Albert Slomovitz is an educator who holds multiple advanced degrees including a Ph.D. in American and Ethnic History from Loyola University of Chicago. Dr. Slomovitz served as a chaplain in the United States Navy for twenty years. After his military service, he joined the faculty of Kennesaw State University, where he teaches American History. In 1999, New York University published his first book, The Fighting Rabbis.
    Albert Isaac Slomovitz’s America’s Other Clan is a lively, readable account of the failure of the U.S. Supreme Court, for most of its history, to protect the rights of America’s most vulnerable citizens. Dr. Slomovitz documents his case thoroughly with extended excerpts from court decisions and dissenting opinions that make his textbook an excellent tool to stimulate classroom discussion. ... I think this book is exactly what history students need to read—not a cynical condemnation of all that is wrong with the nation, but an optimistic call for America to be the land of equal opportunity that its founders envisioned. —Thomas A. Scott, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History, Kennesaw State University

    Rabbi Slomovitz is a gifted, scholarly writer. His latest book, America's Other Clan, is an important, historical text that depresses yet is an important read. His thorough research provides painful but necessary insight into the ugly and violent legacy of American bigotry against the Black community. Racism in America is part of a shameful past but with Rabbi Slomovitz's contribution we are taught how to move beyond hatred and into tolerance. —Rabbi Shalom Lewis
    Watch Dr. Slomovitz discuss the book with the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters.

    Read Some Good Can Come Out of Ferguson, But Only If We Do This One Thing, which was published by the History News Network on August 29, 2014.