'Social Equality Does Not Exist Among Themselves, Nor Among Us:' Baylies V. Curry and Civil Rights in Chicago, 1888
American Historical Review, Vol. 102, No. 2 , pp. 311-339, April 1997
29 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2009
Date Written: 1997
This article uses a civil rights case, brought under a state statute in Chicago in 1888, to explore the ideas of equality, particularly social equality, prevalent at the time. The article also considers why the jury’s decision for the plaintiff, confirmed on appeal by the Illinois Appellate Court and the Illinois Supreme Court, had no lasting impact. In doing so, the article considers the relationship between the power of law and public opinion.
Keywords: civil rights, race relations, social equality, legal history, law and society, microhistory, rule of law, popular justice
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