The color of the third degree: racism, police torture, and civil rights in the American South, 1930-1955

Police torture and "legal lynchings" in the American South -- Torture and African American courtroom testimony -- The NAACP campaign against "forced confessions" -- Selective public outrage: the Quintar South case -- The investigations by the federal government.

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Main Author: Niedermeier, Silvan (Author)
Contributors: Cohen, Paul (Translator)
Format: Print Book
Language:English
Published: Chapel Hill The University of North Carolina Press [2019]
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Summary:Police torture and "legal lynchings" in the American South -- Torture and African American courtroom testimony -- The NAACP campaign against "forced confessions" -- Selective public outrage: the Quintar South case -- The investigations by the federal government.
"Available for the first time in English, 'The Color of the Third Degree' uncovers the still-hidden history of police torture in the Jim Crow South. Based on a wide array of previously neglected archival sources, Silvan Niedermeier argues that as public lynching decreased, less visible practices of racial subjugation and repression became central to southern white supremacy. In an effort to deter unruly white mobs, as well as oppress black communities, white southern law officers violently extorted confessions and testimony from black suspects and defendants in jail cells and police stations to secure speedy convictions. In response, black citizens and the NAACP fought to expose these brutal practices through individual action, local organizing, and litigation. In spite of these efforts, police torture remained a widespread, powerful form of racial control and suppression well into the late twentieth century"--
Item Description:Translation of: Rassismus und Bürgerrechte : Polizeifolter im Süden der USA, 1930-1955. Hamburg : Hamburger Edition, 2014
Includes bibliographical references and index
Physical Description:213 Seiten Illustrationen
ISBN:9781469652962
9781469652979