The second volume in a must-have trilogy of the best closing arguments in American legal history
Every day, Americans enjoy the freedom to decide what we do with our property, our bodies, our speech, and our votes. However, the rights to these freedoms have not always been guaranteed. Our civil rights have been assured by cases that have produced monumental shifts in America's cultural, political, and legal landscapes.
And the Walls Came Tumbling Down showcases eight of the most exciting closing arguments in civil law -- from the Amistad case, in which John Quincy Adams brought the injustice of slavery to the center stage of American politics, to the Susan B. Anthony decision, which paved the way to success for women's suffrage, to the Larry Flynt trial, in which the porn king became an unlikely champion for freedom of speech. By providing historical and biographical details, as well as the closing arguments themselves, Lief and Caldwell give readers the background necessary to fully understand these important cases, bringing them vividly to life.
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The brilliant, the "American" thing, about these Arguments is that they are adversarial; we hear the ventilation of each "side" arrayed over civil rights disputes. From Introduction: "When the legislators will not or cannot legislate, Americans have turned to the judicial system....In the courtroom, the fundamentals of our democratic heritage and our future come together." [2a] "Not every paradigm shift is announced by the thundering hoofbeats of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse". more