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By Alice Beck Kehoe

Felix Cohen, the attorney and pupil who wrote The Handbook of Federal Indian Law (1942), used to be tremendously influential in American Indian coverage making. but histories of the Indian New Deal, a 1934 software of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, forget Cohen and as a substitute specialise in John Collier, commissioner of Indian affairs in the division of the internal (DOI). Alice Beck Kehoe examines why Cohen, who, as DOI assistant solicitor, wrote the laws for the Indian Reorganization Act (1934) and Indian Claims fee Act (1946), has got much less awareness. much more overlooked used to be the contribution that Cohen’s spouse, Lucy Kramer Cohen, an anthropologist informed through Franz Boas, made to the process.

Kehoe argues that, because of anti-Semitism in Thirties the USA, Cohen couldn't communicate for his laws sooner than Congress, and that Collier, an upper-class WASP, turned the spokesman in addition to the administrator. based on the writer, historians of the Indian New Deal haven't given due weight to Cohen’s paintings, nor have they well-known its starting place in his liberal secular Jewish tradition. either Felix and Lucy Cohen shared a trust within the ethical accountability of mitzvah, making a dedication to the “true and the simply” that was once rooted of their Jewish highbrow and ethical historical past, and their Social Democrat principles.

A ardour for the real and Just takes a clean examine the Indian New Deal and the novel reversal folks Indian regulations it brought on, relocating from ethnocide to retention of Indian homelands. transferring awareness to the Jewish culture of ethical legal responsibility that served as a starting place for Felix and Lucy Kramer Cohen (and her professor Franz Boas), the booklet discusses Cohen’s landmark contributions to the primary of sovereignty that so considerably stimulated American felony philosophy.

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