Race Law provides an in-depth examination of the issue of race in the American legal process from the formation of the United States Constitution in 1787 to the present. In this book, Higginbotham combines a unique blend of moderately edited original source materials and scholarly analysis through historical background information, legislation (including statutes and executive orders), state and federal court decisions, commentary, biographical information, and questions. The focus of Race Law is not limited merely to the rules of adopted law. The book explores the values of the individuals in power and probes how these values affected their choice of options. In this way, it provides an important link between the traditional approach to case study emphasizing substantive rules and the more modern approach of critical race theory emphasizing techniques, strategies, and practices. Race Law is divided into six parts: Analysis and Framework; Slavery; Reconstruction, Citizenship, and Sovereignty; Segregation; Attempted Eradication of Inequality; and Recent Controversies. While the material is presented primarily in chronological order, a few cases are strategically placed for pedagogical reasons consistent with the book’s focus on values. A teacher's manual is available.