Critical Race Theory

The Key Writings That Formed the Movement

The seminal texts on the interplay between law and race in America

“As of the publication of Critical Race Theory it will be unwise, if not impossible, to do any serious work on race without referencing this splendid collection.” —Toni Morrison

In the past few years, a new generation of progressive intellectuals has dramatically transformed how law, race, and racial power are understood and discussed in America. Questioning the old assumptions of both liberals and conservatives with respect to the goals and the means of traditional civil rights reform, critical race theorists have presented new paradigms for understanding racial injustice and new ways of seeing the links between race, gender, sexual orientation, and class. This reader, edited by the principal founders and leading theoreticians of the critical race theory movement, gathers together for the first time the movement's most important essays.


“A fundamental reference guide to any serious work on race.”
The New York Amsterdam News
Critical Race Theory is a compilation of provocative writings that challenges us to consider the relationship between race, the legal system, and society at large.”
—Senator Bill Bradley

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