Blackness as Delinquency
Southern Methodist University
November 14, 2013
Washington University Law Review, 1335 2012-2013
SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 104
This is one of the first law review article to analyze both the role of "blackness" in shaping the first juvenile court and the black community's response to the court's jurisprudence. This Article breaks new ground on two fronts. First, it considers the first juvenile court's treatment of black youth within the context of the heightened racial oppression immediately following the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Plessy v. Ferguson. Second, this Article recovers the lost story of the black women's club movement's response to race issues within the juvenile court movement. In doing so, this Article reconsiders the history of the national black women's club movement within a new framework-that of black women as advocates for juvenile and criminal justice reform. Furthermore, a major issue that these child savers faced remains one that scholars of the juvenile court's early history have not fully explored: race.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 65Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 2, 2012 ; Last revised: November 15, 2013
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