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Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South$
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Amy Louise Wood and Natalie J. Ring

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042409

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042409.001.0001

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Forced Confessions

Forced Confessions

Police Torture and the African American Struggle for Civil Rights in the 1930s and 1940s South

(p.58) Chapter 3 Forced Confessions
Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South

Silvan Niedermeier

University of Illinois Press

This chapter studies two high-profile cases in which police officers used torture to extract confessions from black criminal suspects. In these cases, African Americans, aided by prominent white allies and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), appealed to the courts to protest acts of torture, contest forced confessions, and challenge legal discrimination. The chapter places these protests within the context of the “long Civil Rights movement” to illuminate the tensions between the demands of white supremacy and the demands of a “color-blind” law characteristic of the modern bureaucratic state.

Keywords:   Torture, police, African Americans, Civil Rights Movement, forced confessions, NAACP, white supremacy, the South, legal discrimination

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