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Farah Peterson

University of Virginia School of Law

Date Written: February 2018


On August 11 and 12, 2017, neo-Nazis and Klansmen came to Charlottesville to hold a rally meant to assert themselves as a force in American society. That event, and the President’s reaction to it, raised the disturbing possibility that for the first time in more than fifty years, white supremacy could be a matter of debate at the highest levels of American politics. This Foreword asks what legal scholarship has to contribute in times like these. It also introduces a partial answer: a group of student and faculty pieces analyzing some of the many difficult legal questions the rally raised.

Keywords: Charlottesville, white supremacists, American history, legal history, Confederate monuments, legal education

Suggested Citation

Peterson, Farah, Foreword (February 2018). Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2018-06; 104 Va. L. Rev. Online (2018). Available at SSRN:

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