|Item||:||We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights [Hardcover]|
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A work that is both engrossing and surprising&.As we await the Supreme Courts decision in the critical case of whether a business can decline to serve a customer based on its distaste for same-sex marriages, all citizens would do well to pick up a copy ofMuch of the value of Winklers book lies in his elegant stitching together of 400 years of diverse cases, allowing us to feel the sweep and flow of history and the constantly shifting legal approaches to understanding this unusual entity Blackstones artificial person. Four hundred years is a lot of time, and Winkler does a wonderful job of finding illustrative details without drowning in them, and of giving each case enough attention to make it come alive&By nailing down the absurdities of the past, Winkler allows us to see how the future becomes more open.Winklers deeply engaging legal history, authoritative but accessible to non-lawyers, takes readers inside courtrooms, judges chambers and corporate offices& The book offers new takes on familiar stories&as well as fascinating insights from largely forgotten moments& [A] meticulous, educational and thoroughly enjoyable retelling of our nations past.'Are corporations people?' Thats the provocative question Winkler poses at the outset of his impressive, engaging new book. . . . [Winkler] begins in Colonial America and provides a forceful and highly readable account of what he convincingly describes as a 'long, and long overlooked, corporate rights movement.'An eye-opening account of how corporations became persons entitled to constitutional rights and used those rights to impede efforts to regulate them in the interests of real people.An incisive account of the unlikely rise of an idea that has nearly turned American politics upside down.This is a brilliant, beautifully written book on a topic affecting almost every area of law: how did corporations come to have rights under the Constitution? Professor Winkler carefully details this history frl£[
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