We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights

We the Corporations chronicles the astonishing story of one of the most successful yet least well-known ?civil rights movements? in American history. Hardly oppressed like women and minorities, business corporations, too, have fought since the nation?s earliest days to gain equal rights under the Constitution?and today have nearly all the same rights as ordinary people. Exp We the Corporations chronicles the astonishing story of one of the most successful yet least well-known ?ci...

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Title:We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights
Author:Adam Winkler
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0871407124
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:496 pages pages

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights Reviews

  • Adam
    Dec 06, 2018
    This book should have been more dry than it turned out to be. I found the whole text super interesting and enlightening. There were definitely some nuanced arguments and intricacies involving constitutional law but Winkler handled them with such succinctness and clarity. Also, Leo ...
  • Elizabeth
    Feb 26, 2018
    We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (Hardcover) by Adam Winkler from the library heard au on 1A ( https://the1a.org/) on NPR Feb 26 2018 also On the Media Apr 16 2018 https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/how... listen 4:20 to end--- esp on the 14t...
  • Mehrsa
    Mar 12, 2018
    It's hard to write a 400 year history, but this was very well done and admirably focused. At times I wished for more analysis and less of a play by play, but the story that emerges is pretty clear. What I found fascinating is the early American history--We, the people of America, were ...
  • Andy
    Dec 03, 2018
    This is a treasure trove of fascinating facts about the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. The book could have been a good deal shorter without losing anything. Also, I feel that there was not enough attention paid to the concept of revoking corporate charters, i.e. if corporations a...
  • John Gustafson
    Nov 12, 2018
    A terrific and fastidious history of corporate ?civil rights? in America. Among the most valuable dimensions of this book is a careful consideration of what corporate ?personhood? has classically meant, and how the idea has gotten sloppy and widely misunderstood by Americans, s...
  • Debbie
    Jul 10, 2018
    This is a well written book that puts into perspective the Supreme Court's decisions in "Citizens United" and "Hobby Lobby." Winkler traces the history and expansion of corporate rights from the beginning of the nation to the present day. He also points out that the Supreme Court has s...
  • Rob
    Apr 18, 2018
    A fascinating, and highly accessible story of the development of rights for corporations. In spite of the overwhelming public opposition to the SCOTUS decision in "Citizens United" that opened the floodgates for money in politics, Winkler demonstrates that that decision sits on a scaff...
  • Graeme Roberts
    Jul 18, 2018
    A very worthwhile read, but not an easy one. America has struggled with the personhood of corporations for more than two hundred years, and yet the recent Citizens United and Hobby Lobby decisions are, according to bipartisan agreement, among the worst ever made. I was fascinated but s...
  • Rahul  Adusumilli
    Apr 27, 2018
    I knew law could be arbitrary but I didn't know law could be fun. The author likes to repeat, a good 100 pages could easily have been shaved off. The historical research is on fleek, to borrow a phrase from the kids. ...
  • Connor Stack
    Jul 26, 2018
    Very detailed history of corporate rights in America, from the East India Company all the way to Citizens United. It's too detailed for me, I got about half way then skipped to the concluding chapter. I would say read this is you're looking for a lot of depth, but a more accessible boo...
  • Emma Sea
    Mar 17, 2018
    wait, there's no Kindle edition?? ...
  • Bruce
    Aug 15, 2018
    An interesting and well researched book about the legal cases that led to a gradual expansion of rights for corporations. I found it especially interesting that a theory of First Amendment Rights centred on the listener, that was pivotal in Citizen?s United, was first advanced by...
  • Maynard Handley
    May 15, 2018
    I expected an uninteresting rant about the plutocracy in America --- valid but nothing we haven't heard a thousand times before. But this book is a lot more interesting than that. It's a legal history describing the cases and arguments that led to the way American law conceptualizes ...
  • Sher
    Aug 11, 2018
    One of my top 2018 reads. _We the Corporations _ traces the history of corporate rights in America, and clearly shows what led up to the landmark decision Citizens United. Apparently, based on research cited in this book- there is nonpartisan disapproval across the board regarding Citi...
  • Chris
    Jun 02, 2018
    This is a very interesting analysis of the concept of corporate personhood in the United States. The author takes a very close look at the history of corporations starting with colonial America and transitioning through each stage of corporate rights and limitations all the way to the ...
  • David Buccola
    Nov 23, 2018
    Adam Winkler does a superlative job of illustrating the centuries old civil rights movement for Big Business. Whether Liberal or Conservative the nation?s highest court has always been pro business. This book is just filled with fascinating information on how the courts work to how t...
  • Dan Connors
    Nov 06, 2018
    We the Corporations is an impressive review of the legal battles of corporations to gain rights through history. Some of the chapters are dry and legalistic, but give you a solid background of corporate law from the first Jamestown settlements until today. I picked this book mainly t...
  • Maggie Holmes
    Dec 12, 2017
    This is one of the books I always wanted to write (along with Anne Bogel's Reading People book.) I've known that the history of corporation rights began early in our country's history. I just didn't know how early. We the Corporations is an important book about an important topic. Co...
  • Robert Gustavo
    Jul 01, 2018
    The content is excellent and informative, but the writing is a little dry and repetitive. It presents the history of corporate law, and the expansion of corporate rights from the founding of the colonies up to Citizens United and Hobby Lobby ? including how the courts swing between t...
  • Melissa
    Sep 08, 2018
    I had next to zero prior understanding of any of the legal cases or terminology described in the book, and honestly very little background on any Supreme Court justice (other than watching the RBG documentary). This was a fascinating, well-woven, dense, but understandable overview of t...
  • Mark Greenbaum
    Oct 14, 2018
    This history of the rise of so-called corporate personhoood in the U.S. and the explosion of corporate power over American life isn't quite for a general audience given the heavy focus on dissection of largely obscure, technical jurisprudence, but the directness of the text makes it cl...
  • John_g
    Jun 27, 2018
    This important and timely book, published 2/2018, reveals Corporate America's ability to persuade the Supreme Court that corporations qualify for more and more constitutional rights. The author corrects the misunderstanding that SCOTUS thinks corporations are people. To the contrary "r...
  • David Wineberg
    Jan 20, 2018
    It is endlessly entertaining to examine Supreme Court decisions, to follow the logic and often the prejudice and corruption they comprise. We The Corporations selectively follows the tribulations of the 14th amendment, designed specifically to prevent discrimination among the newly fre...
  • Gavin
    Apr 06, 2018
    Fascinating overview of the creep of Corporations Really interesting book which is full of facts to remember. Also very interesting to read how Corporate rights have come to be; often either via deception or taking advantage of rulings initially intended to aid individuals or minori...
  • Will A
    Mar 19, 2018
    The cry of "Corporations are not people!" after 'Citizens United' was not quite right. The US Supreme Court has tended to restrict corporate rights when it has treated corporations as persons, artificial legal persons; and to grant them rights when it has treated them as bearers of the...
  • Robert Stevenson
    Jun 20, 2018
    I became interested in this book for two reasons: The first reason was spurred by a review I read in ?The Nation? by David Cole on ?Artificial Persons? that discussed the ?Citizen United? Supreme Court decision and recommended Adam Winkler?s book. The second reason ...
  • Conor
    Oct 13, 2018
    If you're interested in understanding how we got to the point where corporations have more say in our democracy than The People, look no further. Adam Winkler, a professor of law at UCLA, has written a corker. I might be biased as a history nerd/major and a lawyer, but I found this...
  • David Dayen
    Jun 10, 2018
    The crescendo of this book is the Citizens United ruling, which to the uninitiated emerged seemingly out of nowhere, from a determined court that re-litigated a case already decided to expand the constitutional rights given to corporations to meddle in our democracy. Adam Winkler shows...
  • Jim Johnston
    May 18, 2018
    Winkler does an admirable job of illustrating the long history of how corporations have functioned in conjunction with the legal system as actors, shielded behind the corporate veil, and in their current state where they have essentially attained personhood. A detailed explanation of o...
  • Marks54
    Apr 09, 2018
    This is a book by a law professor at UCLA detailing the history of how US corporate bodies came to increasingly be viewed as legal persons with a widening array of property and liberty rights comparable to those we normally consider as being possessed by individual human beings. The st...