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Law and Society in the South : A History of North Carolina Court Cases - John Wertheimer

Law and Society in the South

A History of North Carolina Court Cases


Published: 22nd July 2010
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Law and Society in the South reconstructs eight pivotal legal disputes heard in North Carolina courts between the 1830s and the 1970s. Each case offers a vivid portrait of the laws, litigants, lawyers, judges, and affected communities, providing a better understanding of not only the Tar Heel State but also the South as a whole.This book examines some of the most controversial issues of southern history, including white supremacy and racial topics, the teaching of evolution in public schools, the role of religion in society, and Prohibition. Law and Society in the South divulges the true nature of North Carolina courts: as the unpredictable venues of intense battles between southerners as they endured dramatic changes in their governing values.

"Winner of the 2010 Willie Parker Peace Book Award." --

""Captivating. Historiographically, a fresh exploration of key topics in the legal history of North Carolina, the South, and the nation, and pedagogically, a master teacher collaborating with successive cohorts of undergraduate fellow researchers. General readers and academics alike will learn from and enjoy the deep research, astute observations, and the fine writing."--Peter Wallenstein, author of Cradle of America: Four Centuries of Virginia History" --

""Historian John W. Wertheimer highlights legal cases tried in North Carolina courts that haped the state and society."--Fayetteville Observer-Times" --

""This book will appeal to readers who are interested in a detailed explanation of specific cases in North Carolina's history.... It is well-written, interesting, and is sufficiently accessible to allow undergraduates to connect with the material."Law and Politics Book Review" --

""This book offers a plethora of interesting insights about the role and influence of North Carolina courts in responding to and furthering social change in various eras."--J. Michael McElreath, Journal of the North Carolina" --

""This may be the best one-volume introduction to the themes and methods of American legal history now in existence, which is all the more impressive because it is written out of the history of one state."--Alfred L. Brophy, Register of the Kentucky Historical" --

""This fascinating collection covers a broad range of social and legal issues and is well worth reading for both the legal issues explored and the details of conflicts that brought these cases before North Carolina courts."--Journal of American History" --

""Digs deeply into eight North Carolina cases from slavery times to the end of the civil rights era... a thoughtful and illuminating work."-- Continuity and Change" --

Prefacep. 3
Introductionp. 6
Drawing Lines: From Old South To Jim Crowp. 20
"White Husbands, White Wives, 'Mulatto' Babies: Divorce and Democratization in the Age of Jackson,"p. 21
"Pinkney and Sarah Ross: The Legal Journey of an Ex-Slave and His White Wife on the Carolina Borderlands during Reconstruction,"p. 43
"State v. William Darnell: De Jure Housing Segregation in Progressive Era Winston-Salem,"p. 70
Tradition And Modernity: Cultural Conflict Between The World Wardsp. 101
"Pentuff v. Park: Evolution and Defamation in 1920s North Carolina,"p. 102
"'Escape of the Match-Strikers': The Samarcand Arson Case of 1931,"p. 143
"Padlocking Greenwich Village: Urbanization, Women, and Public Nuisance Law in Depression-Era North Carolina,"p. 171
Civil Rightsp. 202
"'Mr. Civil Rights': James R. Walker, Jr., Grassroots Litigation, and the Fight against North Carolina's Literacy Test, 1956-1961,"p. 203
"State v. Chavis (1980): Native Americans and School Desegregation in Robeson County, North Carolina,"p. 264
Conclusionp. 304
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ISBN: 9780813126159
ISBN-10: 0813126150
Series: New Directions in Southern History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 22nd July 2010
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45