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Thursday, October 20, 2011
Author Michael Lawrence at Schuler Books & Music, Okemos #michigan #michlit #bookstore
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Schuler Books & Music | 1982 Grand River Ave | Okemos | MI | 48864
Talk and Signing with Michael Lawrence, Michigan author of Radicals in Their Own Time
Radicals in Their Own Time explores the lives of five Americans, with lifetimes spanning four hundred years, who agitated for greater freedom in America. Every generation has them: individuals who speak truth to power and crave freedom from arbitrary authority. This book makes two important observations in discussing Roger Williams, Thomas Paine, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Vine Deloria, Jr. First, each believed that government must broadly tolerate individual autonomy. Second, each argued that religious orthodoxy has been a major source of society's ills - and all endured serious negative repercussions for doing so. The book challenges Christian orthodoxy and argues that part of what makes these five figures compelling is their willingness to pay the price for their convictions - much to the lasting benefit of liberty and equal justice in America.
Michael Lawrence is a professor of constitutional law at Michigan State University College of Law. His academic writing has focused on the Constitution's promise of individual liberty and equal justice - and, in particular, how the U.S. Supreme Court has fallen short over the centuries in redeeming these core principles. Radicals in Their Own Time is his first book.