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Police, Race and Crime in 1950s Chicago: Monroe v. Pape as Legal Noir

CIVIL RIGHTS STORIES, Risa Goluboff and Myriam Gilles, eds., Fall 2007

Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 194

23 Pages Posted: 9 May 2007  

Myriam E. Gilles

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Abstract

This essay will appear in Civil Rights Stories (Risa Goluboff and Myriam Gilles eds.), forthcoming Fall 2007. In it, I've tried to provide an historical background against which to understand the watershed civil rights case of Monroe v. Pape, where the Supreme Court gave an expansive interpretation to 42 U.S.C. Section 1983's "under color of law" clause. The goal of this essay is to generate a better understanding of the Monroe case itself - how the case came about and why represents an important, watershed moment in the history of civil rights litigation.

Keywords: civil rights, Section 1983, race

Suggested Citation

Gilles, Myriam E., Police, Race and Crime in 1950s Chicago: Monroe v. Pape as Legal Noir. CIVIL RIGHTS STORIES, Risa Goluboff and Myriam Gilles, eds., Fall 2007; Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 194. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=984929

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