Practical Equality (Paperback)

Forging Justice in a Divided Nation

By Robert Tsai

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393358551, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 20, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (2/19/2019)
Hardcover (2/19/2019)

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“A work of striking political and legal imagination.”—Aziz Rana, author of The Two Faces of American Freedom

Robert L. Tsai offers a stirring account of how legal ideas that aren’t necessarily about equality have often been used to overcome resistance to justice and remain vital today. From the oppression of emancipated slaves after the Civil War, to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, to President Trump’s ban on Muslim travelers, Tsai applies lessons from past struggles to pressing contemporary issues.

About the Author

Robert L. Tsai is a professor at American University. He is the author of America’s Forgotten Constitutions and his essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Boston Review, and Slate. He lives in Washington, DC, with his family.