All for Civil Rights: African American Lawyers in South by W. Lewis Burke PDF

By W. Lewis Burke

“The historical past of the black attorney in South Carolina,” writes W. Lewis Burke, “is probably the most major untold tales of the lengthy and stricken fight for equivalent rights within the state.” starting in Reconstruction and carrying on with to the fashionable civil rights period, 168 black attorneys have been admitted to the South Carolina bar. All for Civil Rights is the 1st book-length learn dedicated to these legal professionals’ struggles and achievements within the nation that had the most important black inhabitants within the kingdom, by way of percent, until eventually 1930—and that was once a majority black kingdom via 1920.

Examining court docket techniques, trials, and lifestyles tales of the attorneys, Burke bargains a complete research of black legal professionals’ engagement with the criminal process. a few of that examine is determined within the courts and legislative halls, for the South Carolina bar as soon as had the top percent of black attorneys of any southern kingdom, and South Carolina used to be one in every of in simple terms states to ever have a black majority legislature. besides the fact that, Burke additionally tells who those legal professionals have been (some have been former slaves, whereas others had backgrounds within the church, the army, or journalism); the place they got here from (nonnatives got here from as shut as Georgia and as distant as Barbados); and the way they have been expert, principally via apprenticeship.

Burke argues forcefully that from the earliest days after the Civil conflict to the heyday of the fashionable civil rights circulate, the tale of the black attorney in South Carolina is the tale of the civil rights legal professional within the Deep South. even if All for Civil Rights focuses particularly on South Carolinians, its argument in regards to the felony shift in black personhood from the slave period to the Sixties resonates in the course of the South.

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