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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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Testimonial Incapacity and Criminal Defendants in the South

Testimonial Incapacity and Criminal Defendants in the South

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(p.107) Chapter 5 Testimonial Incapacity and Criminal Defendants in the South
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Crime and Punishment in the Jim Crow South
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Pippa Holloway

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042409.003.0005

highlights the tensions between the demands of modern law and white supremacy by studying the rights of convicted criminals in court. Many southern states, for racial and partisan ends, used criminal convictions to strip convicts of their right to testify on their own behalf in court. While states in the rest of the country had revoked such limitations on courtroom testimony by the late nineteenth century, southern states maintained them. They served as an extension of Jim Crow laws, used to deny African Americans full citizenship, much as felon disenfranchisement laws did.

Keywords:   Jim Crow, African Americans, white supremacy, felon disenfranchisement, law, testimony, defendants, criminal convictions

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