Latinos And American Law

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Pub. Date: 2006-09-01
Publisher(s): Univ of Texas Pr
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To achieve justice and equal protection under the law, Latinos have turned to the U.S. court system to assert and defend their rights. Some of these cases have reached the United States Supreme Court, whose rulings over more than a century have both expanded and restricted the legal rights of Latinos, creating a complex terrain of power relations between the U.S. government and the country's now-largest ethnic minority. To map this legal landscape, Latinos and American Law examines fourteen landmark Supreme Court cases that have significantly affected Latino rights, from Botiller v. Dominguez in 1889 to Alexander v. Sandoval in 2001. Carlos Soltero organizes his study chronologically, looking at one or more decisions handed down by the Fuller Court (1888-1910), the Taft Court (1921-1930), the Warren Court (1953-1969), the Burger Court (1969-1986), and the Rehnquist Court (1986-2005). For each case, he opens with historical and legal background on the issues involved and then thoroughly discusses the opinion(s) rendered by the justices. He also offers an analysis of each decision's significance, as well as subsequent developments that have affected its impact. Through these case studies, Soltero demonstrates that in dealing with Latinos over issues such as education, the administration of criminal justice, voting rights, employment, and immigration, the Supreme Court has more often mirrored, rather than led, the attitudes and politics of the larger U.S. society.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(6)
A. THE FULLER COURT (1888-1910) 7(10)
1. Botiller v. Dominguez (1889), Mexican Land Grants, and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
B. THE TAFT COURT (1921-1930) 17(18)
2. Balzac v. Porto [sic] Rico (1922), the Insular Cases (1901), and Puerto Rico's Status in the American Legal System
C. THE WARREN COURT (1953-1969) 35(40)
3. Hernandez v. Texas (1954) and the Exclusion of Mexican-Americans from Grand Juries
4. Katzenbach v. Morgan (1966) and Voting Rights of Puerto Ricans with Limited English Proficiency
5. Miranda v. Arizona (1966) and the Rights of the Criminally Accused
D. THE BURGER COURT (1969-1986) 75(58)
6. San Antonio ISD v. Rodriguez (1973) and the Search for Equality in School Funding
7. Espinoza v. Farah Mfg. Co. (1973) and "National Origin" Discrimination in Employment
8. United States v. Brignoni-Ponce (1975), Law and Order on the Border
9. Plyler v. Doe (1982) and Educating Children of Illegal Aliens
E. THE REHNQUIST COURT (1986 -2005) 133(62)
10. INS v. Cardoza-Fonseca (1987), Refugees, and Political Asylum
11. U.S. v. Verdugo- Urquidez (1990) and Limits to the Applicability of the Bill of Rights Geographically and as to Only "The People"
12. Hernandez v. New York (1991) and the Exclusion of Bilingual Jurors
13. Johnson v. DeGrandy (1994), Cuban-Americans, and Voting Rights in the American Legal System
14. Alexander v. Sandoval (2001), Title VI, and the Court's Refusal to Consider the Validity of English-Only Laws or Rules
Conclusion 195(6)
Notes 201(16)
Bibliography 217(6)
List of Cases 223(6)
Featured Supreme Court Cases and Lower Court Companion Cases
Other Supreme Court Cases
Other Federal Cases
Other Cases
Cases Mentioned 229(4)
General Index 233

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