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Jim Crow in North Carolina

Jim Crow in North Carolina

The Legislative Program from 1865 to 1920

by Richard A. Paschal

Forthcoming October 2020 paper


Tags: Civil Rights/Race and the Law, Legal History, Legal History Series, Regional Interest

This book is a comprehensive study of the Jim Crow laws in North Carolina from 1865 to 1920. While it catalogs all of the laws enacted by the North Carolina legislature during those years, the laws and statutes do not fully explain the true extent of racial discrimination created through the implementation of those laws. The author demonstrates how de jure discrimination in North Carolina was not simply a result of the Jim Crow statutes but was imposed through the operation of law and how the operation of law was itself affected by the society at large.

Paschal argues that the application and implementation of North Carolina’s laws were more important in the actual discrimination experienced by African Americans than the statutory texts. He contends that the racial contagion which swept the state during the elections of 1898 and 1900—the White Supremacy Campaigns—dramatically changed white attitudes and consequently the operation of the law. This book provides an in-depth history of the shadow that Jim Crow casts over North Carolina and the nation.

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