Exploring Southern Legal History

42 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2008 Last revised: 12 Aug 2009

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Paul Finkelman

Gratz College; Albany Law School


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.

Keywords: regionalism, race relations

Suggested Citation

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

Paul Finkelman (Contact Author)

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Albany Law School

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