Practical Equality

Practical Equality

Robert Tsai

Robert Tsai

Practical Equality: Forging Justice in a Divided Nation
(W. W. Norton & Company, 2019)

The Constitution guarantees equality, but though this idea seems simple, it has been challenging to achieve. This book traces impediments to equality throughout American history: from the oppression of emancipated slaves after the Civil War to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II to the contemporary ban on Muslim travelers. It shows how creative Americans have used innovative legal measures to overcome injustice, providing a sense of optimism for addressing contemporary issues, such as the rights of sexual minorities, racism in the criminal justice system, voting restrictions, and managing migration.

11:30 AM | Bethel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall


Robert L. Tsai
 is professor of law at American University and lives in Washington D.C. The author of America’s Forgotten Constitutions, his essays have appeared in The Boston GlobeThe Washington PostThe Los Angeles Review of BooksPoliticoBoston Review, and Slate