David Madden practiced law for over 40 years as a trial lawyer, trying cases involving civil rights, Section 1983 claims and governmental liability. He earned a B.A. in history from Florida State University in 1972. From 1972 until 1975 he was a regular Army officer with assignments in the Infantry, Ordinance and Transportation while stationed in CONUS and Germany. He graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1979 and he has been a clerk, associate, partner, managing partner and of counsel. Madden has tried over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts throughout the United States and has numerous reported appellate decisions. He was a Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy by examination; a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates by nomination; and rated Av by Martin Dale Hubbell, their highest rating for professionalism and ethics. At the end of his legal career he was employed by Legal Aid and provided legal services to the most vulnerable populations in our society. In 2005 he earned his Master of Arts in history from the University of Missouri at Kansas City while working as an Of Counsel to a 500-attorney national products liability firm. Mr. Madden had a career as a United States Army Reserve Judge Advocate, ending his military service as a Lieutenant Colonel. He has also taught legal and history courses at the college level. He resides in Dayton, Ohio with his wife Brandy.
The Constitution and American Racism:Setting a Course for Lasting Injustice
Racism has permeated the workings of the U.S. Constitution since ratification. At the 1787 Constitutional Convention, supporters of slavery ensured it was protected by rule of law. The federal government upheld slavery until it was abolished by the Civil War; then supported the South’s Jim Crow power structure. From Reconstruction through the Civil Rights Era until today, veneration of the Constitution has not prevented lynching, segregation, voter intimidation or police brutality against people of color. The Electoral College—a Constitutional accommodation for slaveholding aristocrats who feared popular government—has twice in 20 years given the presidency to the candidate who lost the popular vote. This book describes how pernicious flaws in the Constitution, included to legalize profiting from human bondage, perpetuate systemic racism, economic inequality and the subversion of democracy.