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About the Book

Integrating Spaces: Property Law and Race

Alfred L. Brophy
University of North Carolina

Alberto Lopez
Northern Kentucky University

Kali N. Murray
Marquette University

2010. 368 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7355-6997-3. With Teacher's Manual.

About the Book

Integrating Spaces: Property Law and Race is a short supplement that provides professors with a ready means of integrating race issues into their property courses and that can be used with any property casebook.


  • Explores issues of race and ethnicity in conjunction with property doctrine in two ways:
    • Details how race and ethnicity affected the evolution of traditional property law in the United States.
    • Demonstrates how racial and ethnic categories continue to affect contemporary property law.
  • Contains nearly forty new and provocative cases—including the Supreme Court decisions in Terrace v. Thompson and Oyama v. California (alien land laws) and state court decisions in Trueheart v. Parker and Morison v. Rawlinson (race nuisance cases involving the regulation of jazz and black churches).
  • Offers an extensive treatment of the changes in property law spurred by the social movements of the 1960s, including discussion of Flores v. Village of Bensenville (discrimination against Hispanic property owners).
  • Puts in racial settings traditional property concepts such as easements by prescription for Native American religious uses, Native Hawaiian access to sacred sites and beaches, and the impact of partition land sales on African-American farmers.
  • Provides context through statutes, excerpts from law review articles, and questions for discussion in the notes.
  • Mirrors the organization of traditional property casebooks, making it easy to incorporate into one’s syllabus.
  • Manageable length, at about 300 pages.
  • Accompanied by a Teacher’s Manual that provides additional questions and suggestions for linking the cases to coverage in the traditional casebooks.