Contempt of Court The Turn of the Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism Free download Æ 104

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Contempt of Court The Turn of the Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism Free download Æ 104 ½ In this profound and fascinating book the authors revisit an overlooked Supreme Court decision that changed forever how justice is carried out in the UIn this profound and fascinating book the authors revisit an overlooked Supreme Court decision that changed forever how justice is carried out in the United StatesIn 1906 Ed Johnson was the innocnet black man found guilty of the brutal rape of Nevada Taylor a white woman and sentenced. This was an eye opening look at justice system history which is probably good for someone like me who couldn't even have defined what contempt of court is off the top of my head before reading this as well as racial relations in the United StatesIt's hard to picture how different the relationship between the federal and state courts were in these times but this story of two black lawyers who successfully petitioned the Supreme Court to intervene in a case of their client is at once depressing and hopeful Depressing because it involves a lynching and there is plenty of focus on the racial attitudes of the times I certainly found it both shameful and anger inducing but also important to read It was also a good introduction to Styles and Hutchins the two courageous black lawyers who made history but not without enduring threats rage and shunning in their own community Overall this was an informative and interesting and sad look at the sham that justice usually was for black people in this time and certain parallels to today can also be seen It's also a must read for anyone who's interested in legal history in the United States

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To die in Chattanooga Tennessee Two black lawyers not even part of the original defense appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay of execution and the stay incredibly was granted Frenzied with rage at the deision locals responded by lynching Johnson and what ensued was a breathtaking. Interesting fascinating topic about racism and the justice system A little drawn out but seemed to be well researched

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Contempt of Court The Turn of the Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of FederalismWhirlwind of groundbreaking legal action whose import Thurgood Marshall would claim has never been fully explained Provocative thorough and gripping Contempt of Court is a long overdue look at events that clearly depict the peculiar and tenuous relationship between justice and the law. I'm not entirely sure how I could elaborate upon Contempt of Court except to say it's a competently written and well paced journey through the details of a lynching that occurred in defiance of a stay of execution The catch The stay was issued in unprecedented fashion by the Supreme Court It is a pleasurable gripping read that implicates white people in all of the most predictable of ways; one of my favorite motifs in the book is just how much the state resents the authority of the Supreme Court It seems that federal intervention is an insult to the hubris of the smart and lawful people of Chattanooga and the city rebels in ways characteristic of an impudent child rebelling against its parents The contempt for the Supreme Court and any authority larger than Tennessee's relies on a bit of circular reasoning ie we hate the feds because we hate them but that hasn't stopped this mystifying rivalry from dying down all that much since then The states' rights rallying cry is still a lousy surrogate for unbridled bigotryAnother tidbit I've enjoyed is the story of a reverend for a church that speaks against the lynch mob in the town condemning them as wrathful depraved sinners who defied God by defying the rule of law The man accuses all of the lynching attendees who did for the most part walk away with their reputations intact and their rap sheet clean for having blood on their hands Many sermons were given in the Chattanooga churches beseeching the churchgoers not to lynch the innocent man Ed Johnson And yet these Bible thumping church going patrons of the Lord very conveniently brushed aside their commitment to benevolence I can pretend to be surprised if you'd like Throw in how often wives of white terrorists will lie under oath that their husband wasn't chopping off the genitals of a condemned yet innocent man and you get a decent picture of how religion really does play in some of these places Again I can pretend to be surprised if you'd like It makes me realize that perhaps we are too uick to condemn some of the redeeming components of organized religion because even when its proponents and gatekeepers are consciously rallying for justice and peace it falls on the deaf ears of hot tempered racists hiding behind the guise of defending womanhood So it goesThe book comes at a time when the country needs to remember why the Supreme Court had to assert its authority and create the boundaries by which the Supreme Court itself can act and function a time when once again the latest crop of racist religious conservatives wish to chip away at the federalism in which the two rulings discussed in this book are enshrined Contempt of Court is another puzzle piece in the elaborate panorama of America as black history and I am happy to continue putting in those puzzle pieces Black history is a crucial literature for understanding this nation one of the only ways to not get an over mythologized or downright bullshit rendition of our bloodied miserable country