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Exploring Southern Legal History

Paul Finkelman

Albany Law School - Government Law Center

North Carolina Law Review, Vol. 64, No. 77, 1985

Whether the South has a distinct legal history has not been adequately explored by scholars. In this essay, Professor Finkelman discusses southern legal history through an examination of race relations, violence, crime, legal institutions, and legal culture concluding that marked differences exist between northern and southern legal history. By highlighting the many unanswered questions concerning the South’s legal heritage, Professor Finkelman invites and encourages scholars to engage in research that will relieve the South of “the pressure [its] past must exercise” upon it today.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: regionalism, race relations

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Date posted: April 16, 2008 ; Last revised: August 12, 2009

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Finkelman, Paul, Exploring Southern Legal History. North Carolina Law Review, Vol. 64, No. 77, 1985. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1120294

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Paul Finkelman (Contact Author)
Albany Law School - Government Law Center ( email )
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

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