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Litigating Across the Color Line: Civil Cases Between Black and White Southerners from the End of Slavery to Civil Rights

Melissa Milewski

Abstract

From 1865 to 1950, when the financial futures of their families were on the line, black litigants throughout the South took on white southerners in civil suits. In almost a thousand civil cases across eight southern states, former slaves took their former masters to court, black sharecroppers litigated disputes against white landowners, and African Americans with little formal education brought disputes against wealthy white members of their communities. As black southerners negotiated a legal system with almost all white gatekeepers, they displayed pragmatism and a savvy understanding of how ... More

Keywords: Race, court, civil, case, law, African American, South, black, litigant, trial

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190249182
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190249182.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa Milewski, author
Lecturer in American History, University of Sussex