James Campbell provides an in-depth survey of crime, punishment and justice in African American history. Presenting cutting-edge scholarship on issues of criminal justice in African American history in an accessible way for students, he makes connections between black experiences of criminal justice and violence from the slave era to the present.
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Table of Contents
Introduction.- PART I: SLAVERY TO FREEDOM.- Slave Resistance, Crime and Control.- Slavery and Criminal Justice Before the Civil War.- Reconstruction.- PART II: JIM CROW JUSTICE.- The State and the Mob: Lynching, Criminal Justice and the Death Penalty.- Punishment and Labour: Convict Leasing, Chain Gangs and Peonage.- Resisting Jim Crow Justice.- PART III: FROM THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT TO THE PRESENT.- Criminal Justice and the Black Freedom Struggle, 1954-1972.- The Modern Penal State.- Epilogue: Politics, Memory and Justice in Modern America.- Further Reading.