Encyclopedia of African American History (Oxford University Press, 2006), edited by Albany Law School Professor Paul Finkelman, was recently named best book in the humanities and social sciences by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers.
The 3-volume reference set documents the full range of the African American experience during that period--from the arrival of the first slave ship to the death of Frederick Douglass--and shows how all aspects of American culture, history, and national identity have been profoundly influenced by the experience of African Americans. It covers a range of subjects including abolitionism, black nationalism, the Civil War, the Dred Scott case, voting rights, and the Underground Railroad.
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Finkelman, a specialist in American legal history, constitutional law, race and the law, and first amendment issues, was the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case, and his work on the religion and legal history was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court on this issue. He was also an expert witness in the lawsuit over the ownership of the 73 rd home run ball hit by Barry Bonds in 2001.
Finkelman is the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center at Albany Law School.
Finkelman is the author or editor of over 25 books and has published more than 100 scholarly articles and book chapters. Some of his books include Constitutional Law in Context (2006), American Legal History: Cases and Materials (2005), Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown (2005), Encyclopedia of Harlem Renaissance (2004), Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court (2003), A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States (2002), and Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson (2001).