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Criminal injustice : slaves and free Blacks in Georgia's criminal justice system, Glenn McNair

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Criminal injustice : slaves and free Blacks in Georgia's criminal justice system
Title
Criminal injustice
Title remainder
slaves and free Blacks in Georgia's criminal justice system
Statement of responsibility
Glenn McNair
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Language
eng
Summary
Criminal Injustice: Slaves and Free Blacks in Georgia's Criminal Justice System is the most comprehensive study of the criminal justice system of a slave state to date. McNair traces the evolution of Georgia's legal culture by examining its use of slave codes and slave patrols, as well as presenting data on crimes prosecuted, trial procedures and practices, conviction rates, the appellate process, and punishment. Based on more than four hundred capital cases, McNair's study deploys both narrative and quantitative analysis to get at both the theory and the reality of the criminal procedure for slaves in the century leading up to the Civil War. He shows how whites moved from the utopian innocence of the colony's original Trustees, who envisioned a society free of slavery and the depravity it inculcated in masters, to one where slave-holders became the enforcers of laws and informal rules, the severity of which was limited only by the increasing economic value of their slaves as property. The slaves themselves, regarded under the law both as moveable property and - for the purposes of punishment - as moral agents, had, inevitably, a radically different view of Georgia's slave criminal justice system. Although the rules and procedures were largely the same for both races, the state charged and convicted blacks more frequently and punished them more severely than whites for the same crimes. Courts were also more punitive in their judgment and punishment of black defendants when their victims were white, a pattern of disparate treatment based on race that persists to this day. Informal systems of control in urban household and on rural plantations and farms complemented the formal system and enhanced the power of slaveowners. Criminal Injustice shows how the prerogatives of slavery and white racial domination trumped any hope for legal justice for blacks. -- from dust jacket
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1962-
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McNair, Glenn
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
HV9955.G4
LC item number
M36 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Carter G. Woodson Institute series.
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  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Discrimination in criminal justice administration
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Slaves
  • Free African Americans
  • Crime and race
  • Rassendiskriminierung
  • Rassenbeziehung
  • Sklave
  • Strafjustiz
  • Georgia
  • Georgia
  • Georgia
  • Schwarze
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Criminal injustice : slaves and free Blacks in Georgia's criminal justice system, Glenn McNair
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-224) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"My Lord, they are stark mad after Negroes" : slavery and the corruption of Georgia's legal culture -- "For the better ordering and governing Negroes" : Blacks and the law -- "Negroes might cut the throats of our people" : Black crime and its causes -- "Some convenient method and form of tryal" : the trial process -- "The slave should look to his master and the courts to avenge his wrongs" : the appellate process -- "May the Lord have mercy on his soul" : punishment
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 234 pages
Isbn
9780813927930
Lccn
2008043131
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)263497811
Label
Criminal injustice : slaves and free Blacks in Georgia's criminal justice system, Glenn McNair
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-224) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"My Lord, they are stark mad after Negroes" : slavery and the corruption of Georgia's legal culture -- "For the better ordering and governing Negroes" : Blacks and the law -- "Negroes might cut the throats of our people" : Black crime and its causes -- "Some convenient method and form of tryal" : the trial process -- "The slave should look to his master and the courts to avenge his wrongs" : the appellate process -- "May the Lord have mercy on his soul" : punishment
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 234 pages
Isbn
9780813927930
Lccn
2008043131
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)263497811

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