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The Pig Farmer's Daughter and Other Tales of American Justice: Episodes of Racism and Sexism in the Courts from 1865 to the Present

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"Sweeping and important.... Provides a fascinating vision of justice and history." --The Washington Post Book World

From the head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission comes a landmark study of the ways in which prejudice has shaped American justice from the Civil War era to the present. With an ear tuned to the social subtext of every judicial decision, Mary Frances Berry examines a century's worth of appellate cases,ranging from a nineteenth-century Alabama case in which a white woman was denied her divorce petition because an affair between a white man (her husband) and a black woman (his lover) was "of no consequence," to such recent, high-profile cases as the William Kennedy Smith and O.J. Simpson trials. By turns shocking, moving, ironic, and tragic, each tale ends in the laying down of law. And because the law perpetuates myths of race, gender, and class, they are stories that affect the lives of us all.

About the Author

Mary Frances Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

The protection of home and hearth: sex outside of marriage — The crime that had no name: narratives of gay and lesbian sex — Of concubine and mistress — The business of sex — Promise her anything: seduction and its benefits — The wages of sex: child support, abortion, and infanticide — Suffer the children: incest and child rape — The pig farmer's daughter: rape and rumors of rape.

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ISBN:
9780307797292
Subtitle:
Episodes of Racism and Sexism in the Courts from 1865 to the Present
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Berry, Mary Frances
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Publication Date:
20000411
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
304

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History and Social Science » Crime » Enforcement and Investigation
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History and Social Science » Law » Civil Liberties and Human Rights
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