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We the Corporations chronicles the revelatory story of one of the most successful, yet least known, "civil rights movements" in American history.

In this groundbreaking portrait of corporate seizure of political power, We the Corporations reveals how American businesses won equal rights and transformed the Constitution to serve the ends of capital. Corporations -- like minorities and women -- have had a civil rights movement of their own, and now possess nearly all the same rights as ordinary people. Uncovering the deep historical roots of Citizens United, Adam Winkler shows how that controversial 2010 Supreme Court decision was the capstone of a two-hundred-year battle over corporate personhood and constitutional protections for business. Bringing to resounding life the legendary lawyers and justices involved in the corporate rights movement -- among them Daniel Webster, Roger Taney, Lewis Powell, and even Thurgood Marshall -- Winkler's tour de force exposes how the nation's most powerful corporations gained our most fundamental rights and turned the Constitution into a bulwark against the regulation of big business. 50 illustrations



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Adam Winkler

Adam Winkler is a Professor of Law at UCLA, where he teaches and studies constitutional law. He is the author of the critically acclaimed "Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America" and "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights." His scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and he has appeared on Face the Nation, NBC Nightly News, ABC News, and CNN. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Atlantic, Washington Post, and Slate. He was born in Los Angeles, the son of filmmaker Irwin Winkler.



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