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Litigating Across the Color LineCivil Cases Between Black and White Southerners from the End of Slavery to Civil Rights$
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Melissa Milewski

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190249182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190249182.001.0001

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Litigating Across the Color Line

Melissa Milewski

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In 1903, Isham Hodge had farmed his own land in Black River Township, North Carolina, for 23 years. Up until a few years before, 63-year-old Hodge had likely also cast his vote in local and state elections. But at the end of the nineteenth century, the balance of power in the state shifted. By 1900, North Carolina had managed to disfranchise most African American men like Hodge through a constitutional amendment and registration changes....

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