By W. Lewis Burke

ISBN-10: 0820350982

ISBN-13: 9780820350981

“The background of the black legal professional in South Carolina,” writes W. Lewis Burke, “is some of the most major untold tales of the lengthy and afflicted fight for equivalent rights within the state.” starting in Reconstruction and carrying on with to the trendy civil rights period, 168 black legal professionals have been admitted to the South Carolina bar. All for Civil Rights is the 1st book-length examine dedicated to these legal professionals’ struggles and achievements within the kingdom that had the most important black inhabitants within the nation, via percent, until eventually 1930—and that used to be a majority black nation via 1920.

Examining courtroom strategies, trials, and existence tales of the legal professionals, Burke deals a complete research of black legal professionals’ engagement with the felony approach. 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 considered one of simply states to ever have a black majority legislature. notwithstanding, 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 proficient, mostly via apprenticeship.

Burke argues forcefully that from the earliest days after the Civil battle to the heyday of the fashionable civil rights circulation, the tale of the black legal professional 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 concerning the criminal shift in black personhood from the slave period to the Nineteen Sixties resonates in the course of the South.

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