Roots of Disorder
Race and Criminal Justice in the American South, 1817-80
By (author) Christopher Waldrep
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Roots of Disorder by Christopher Waldrep
Book DescriptionEvery white southerner understood what keeping African Americans down meant and what it did not mean. It did not mean going to court; it did not mean relying on the law. It meant vigilante violence and lynching.Looking at Vicksburg, Mississippi, Roots of Disorder traces the origins of these terrible attitudes to the day-to-day operations of local courts. In Vicksburg, white exploitation of black labor through slavery evolved into efforts to use the law to define blacks' place in society, setting the stage for widespread tolerance of brutal vigilantism. Fed by racism and economics, whites' extralegal violence grew in a hothouse of more general hostility toward law and courts. Roots of Disorder shows how the criminal justice system itself plays a role in shaping the attitudes that encourage vigilantism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780252067327
(228mm x 153mm x 21mm)
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 30-Jun-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Christopher Waldrep
Race and National Power, Paperback (August 2010)
In American history, students are taught about the three branches of government. Most of the time is spent learning about the Executive and the Legislative bodies, but the Judicial branch has had a monumental effect on the course of American history. This title offers a collection of primary documents on the history of law and civil rights.
Documenting American Violence, Paperback (January 2006)
Through contemporary voices, this work tracks the changes in the nature of American violence. It looks at violence as an integral part of American history and includes excerpts from a range of primary sources, including court records, newspaper accounts, and political documents.
Many Faces of Judge Lynch, Paperback (May 2003)» View all books by Christopher Waldrep
A ground breaking study of extralegal violence that considers the changing meaning and use of the term "lynching" throughout American history.
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