By Alice Beck Kehoe

ISBN-10: 0816530939

ISBN-13: 9780816530939

ISBN-10: 0816532907

ISBN-13: 9780816532902

Felix Cohen, the attorney and pupil who wrote The Handbook of Federal Indian Law (1942), used to be tremendously influential in American Indian coverage making. but histories of the Indian New Deal, a 1934 software of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, overlook Cohen and in its place specialise in 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 consciousness. much more ignored was once the contribution that Cohen’s spouse, Lucy Kramer Cohen, an anthropologist informed via Franz Boas, made to the process.

Kehoe argues that, because of anti-Semitism in Nineteen Thirties the United States, Cohen couldn't communicate for his laws earlier than Congress, and that Collier, an upper-class WASP, turned the spokesman in addition to the administrator. in response to the writer, historians of the Indian New Deal haven't given due weight to Cohen’s paintings, nor have they well-known its starting place in his liberal secular Jewish tradition. either Felix and Lucy Cohen shared a trust within the ethical responsibility of mitzvah, making a dedication to the “true and the simply” that used to be rooted of their Jewish highbrow and ethical history, and their Social Democrat principles.

A ardour for the real and Just takes a clean examine the Indian New Deal and the novel reversal folks Indian guidelines it brought on, 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 main of sovereignty that so considerably motivated American felony philosophy.

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