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Why ERA failed : politics, women's rights, and the amending process of the constitution / Mary Frances Berry.

By: Berry, Mary Frances.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Everywoman: Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1986Description: ix, 147 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0253365376; 9780253365378.Subject(s): Equal rights amendments -- United States | Women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States | Women's rights -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Why ERA failed.DDC classification: 347.30287802632
Contents:
The early history of the constitutional amendment process -- Adopting an income tax : the Sixteenth Amendment -- Generating an artificial consensus : Prohibition and its repeal -- Gaining woman suffrage : the Nineteenth Amendment -- Social reform between the wars : losing the Child Labor Amendment -- ERA : approval and early ratification campaigns -- ERA : extension, rescission, and failure -- Legal developments in the courts and in the states : the brooding omnipresence of ERA -- Losing consensus in the Congress.
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Bibliography: p. 125-142.

Includes index.

The early history of the constitutional amendment process -- Adopting an income tax : the Sixteenth Amendment -- Generating an artificial consensus : Prohibition and its repeal -- Gaining woman suffrage : the Nineteenth Amendment -- Social reform between the wars : losing the Child Labor Amendment -- ERA : approval and early ratification campaigns -- ERA : extension, rescission, and failure -- Legal developments in the courts and in the states : the brooding omnipresence of ERA -- Losing consensus in the Congress.

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Library Journal Review

The failure of the ERA to achieve ratification could have been predicted by a careful student of history, argues Berry (History, Law, Howard Univ.), a courageous member of the Civil Rights Commission. By examining other amendment campaigns Berry shows that timing is crucial; that consensus must be built state by state before Congress votes; and that the people must be convinced of the need for the amendment. ERA proponents were slow to appreciate the difficulties, and the strength of the opposition. Berry hopes the lessons of earlier amendment campaigns will yet be useful. Her message is compelling. Unfortunately, this important book is flawed by convoluted sentences and grammatical errors. Recommended with this reservation for public and academic libraries.Mary Drake McFeely, Smith Coll. Lib., Northampton, Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Berry (Howard University, author of Black Resistance/White Law: A History of Constitutional Racism in America, CH, Nov '71) is a member of the US Commission on Civil Rights. A noted authority and activist, she has written a valuable analysis of the failure of the Equal Rights Amendment, placing the politics of ratification in legal, political, and historical perspective. Reviewing other unsuccessful and successful efforts to amend the Constitution, she offers useful insights and valuable lessons for any future amendment attempt. Berry also discusses contemporary statutes and court decisions relevant to the goals of the women's movement. Very good notes and index. Important for undergraduate collections.-N.K. Hevener, University of South Carolina

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