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Rape in ChicagoRace, Myth, and the Courts$
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Dawn Rae Flood

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036897

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036897.001.0001

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Black Victims and Postwar Trial Strategies

Black Victims and Postwar Trial Strategies

(p.74) 3. Black Victims and Postwar Trial Strategies
Rape in Chicago

Dawn Rae Flood

University of Illinois Press

This chapter refocuses attention on the treatment of rape victims during the 1950s exclusively, when African American women began regularly appearing in court, challenging the idea that they did not trust the system, or that the State did not consider theirs to be winnable cases. Although these women did not do so without difficulties, their voices came to be a part of an expanded culture of rights in which numerous groups and individuals challenged inequality in modern American society. Moreover, despite the State's efforts to portray black rape victims as deserving of protection and justice, defense attorneys maintained racist and sexist stereotypes in court, causing an evolution of the rape trial into the hostile territory that contemporary rape victims face and feminists continue to reform.

Keywords:   1950s, African American women, black rape victims, racist stereotypes, sexist stereotypes, rape trials, inequality, modern American society

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