How the Nazis Used Jim Crow Laws as the Model for Their Race Laws
Date Written: 18/10/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21484
An interview with James Q. Whitman about his new book "Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law".
Excerpt: To get to the core of race in America today, read this new book by James Whitman. Whitman is the Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School. Prepare to be as startled as this respected legal scholar was when he came upon a meticulous record of a meeting of top lawyers in Nazi Germany after Hitler's rise to power. Not only did those lawyers reveal a deep interest in American race policies, the most radical of them were eager advocates of using American law as a model. Scholars and historians have argued for years about whether American's own regime of racial oppression in any way inspired the Nazis. Not only does Whitman throw a bright light on the debate, to this reader he settles it once and for all.