Ogletree-Brooks Plagiarism Story: An Analysis

October 27, 2006

Ogletree misquote from only source not cited by Brooks

Filed under: Uncategorized — R.O. Denver @ 12:52 pm

In addition to Ogletree’s plagiarism (with minor rewording) of 4 sentences from Brooks’s book, in the same order those sentences appear in Brooks’s book, it turns out that the only source cited by Ogletree in the endnotes of the offending paragraph which was not cited in Brooks’s book contains a serious misquote. As a whole, this paragraph hardly appears to be the sort of thing which would be written by a tenured Harvard law professor who is an expert in the field of racial discrimination, perhaps raising questions regarding who in fact drafted this section of the book.

On page 103, Ogletree’s book quotes a 1970 article in the Journal of Black Studies, as saying that W. E. B. Du Bois “called for ‘full access to the American dream on terms not left to the caprice of a racist majority.'” The cite is to endnote 29, which appears on page 342 (citing Joanna Schneider Zangrando and Roert L. Zangrando, “Black Protest: A Rejection of the American Dream,” Journal of Black Studies 1 (1970): 145). In fact, the article (on page 145) states that Du Bois demanded “full access to the dream and the melting pot, on terms not left to the caprice of a racist majority.”

The cover page and initial two pages of the journal article quoted by Ogletree are here, here, and here.

The page of the journal article misquoted by Ogletree is here.

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