A Passion for the True and Just: Felix and Lucy Kramer Cohen by Alice Beck Kehoe PDF

By Alice Beck Kehoe

Felix Cohen, the legal professional and student who wrote The Handbook of Federal Indian Law (1942), used to be greatly influential in American Indian coverage making. but histories of the Indian New Deal, a 1934 application of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, overlook Cohen and as a substitute concentrate on John Collier, commissioner of Indian affairs in the division of the internal (DOI). Alice Beck Kehoe examines why Cohen, who, as DOI assistant solicitor, wrote the laws for the Indian Reorganization Act (1934) and Indian Claims fee Act (1946), has bought much less awareness. much more ignored used to be the contribution that Cohen’s spouse, Lucy Kramer Cohen, an anthropologist knowledgeable via Franz Boas, made to the process.

Kehoe argues that, because of anti-Semitism in Thirties the United States, Cohen couldn't converse for his laws prior to Congress, and that Collier, an upper-class WASP, turned the spokesman in addition to the administrator. in line with the writer, historians of the Indian New Deal haven't given due weight to Cohen’s paintings, nor have they famous its origin in his liberal secular Jewish tradition. either Felix and Lucy Cohen shared a trust within the ethical accountability of mitzvah, making a dedication to the “true and the simply” that was once rooted of their Jewish highbrow and ethical historical past, and their Social Democrat principles.

A ardour for the real and Just takes a clean examine the Indian New Deal and the unconventional reversal people Indian rules it prompted, relocating from ethnocide to retention of Indian homelands. moving recognition to the Jewish culture of ethical legal responsibility that served as a origin for Felix and Lucy Kramer Cohen (and her professor Franz Boas), the e-book discusses Cohen’s landmark contributions to the primary of sovereignty that so considerably stimulated American felony philosophy.

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