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Rape in Chicago: Race, Myth, and the Courts (Women in American History)


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Spanning a period of four tumultuous decades from the mid-1930s through the mid-1970s, this study reassesses the ways in which Chicagoans negotiated the extraordinary challenges of rape, as either victims or accused perpetrators. Drawing on extensive trial testimony, government reports, and media coverage, Dawn Rae Flood examines how individual men and women, particularly African Americans, understood and challenged rape myths and claimed their right to be protected as American citizens--protected by the State against violence, and protected from the State's prejudicial investigations and interrogations. Flood shows how defense strategies, evolving in concert with changes in the broader cultural and legal environment, challenged assumptions about black criminality while continuing to deploy racist and sexist stereotypes against the plaintiffs.
Uniquely combining legal studies, medical history, and personal accounts, Flood pays special attention to how medical evidence was considered in rape cases and how victim-patients were treated by hospital personnel. She also analyzes medical testimony in modern rape trials, tracing the evolution of contemporary "rape kit" procedures as shaped by legal requirements, trial strategies, feminist reform efforts, and women's experiences.

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Dawn Rae Flood is an assistant professor of history at Campion College at the University of Regina, Canada.

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Flood, Dawn Rae
University of Illinois Press
Women's Studies
African American Studies-General
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1st Edition
Women in American History
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2 tables
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General

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