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Book Review: The Alien And The Asiatic In American Law, Felix S. Cohen Jan 1947

Book Review: The Alien And The Asiatic In American Law, Felix S. Cohen

Faculty Scholarship Series

This treatise on the two chief outcasts of our constitutional system, the
alien and the Asiatic, is a timely probing of the depth of our American democracy.
Its list of legal atrocities constitutionally committed upon Americans or
would-be Americans who did not have the foresight to be born in the proper
places has all the macabre fascination of old ethnology books which recount
the horrors found by missionaries among benighted peoples lacking properly
supported agencies of civilization and true religion.
Today, more than ever, such a study has meaning even for native-born
Americans of whitest ancestry. For none of us ...