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Corporations are people, too: How US businesses came to gain the same rights as you and me




A McDonald's sign hangs in lower Manhattan on February 9, 2015 in New York City.
A McDonald's sign hangs in lower Manhattan on February 9, 2015 in New York City.
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Women and minorities have a long history of fighting for equal rights in the U.S., but there’s another, lesser known group, that has faced a similar trajectory, using similar tactics: corporations.

In his new book “We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights,” UCLA law professor Adam Winkler traces the history of corporations’ fight for personhood under the law, from the colonial era to the landmark cases of Citizens United and Hobby Lobby. Corporations have often used the tactics of the civil rights movement, such as civil disobedience and test cases, to bend the law in their favor.

Larry Mantle sits down with Professor Winkler to discuss how corporations shaped the U.S. Constitution and democracy, from America’s early beginnings to today.

Adam Winkler will be discussing his new book:

Guest:

Adam Winkler, author of the new book, “We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights” (Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2017); UCLA law professor and gun law expert



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