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Unjust Deeds – The Restrictive Covenant Cases and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Unjust Deeds: The Restrictive Covenant Cases and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement

Jeffrey D. Gonda

Abstract

Unjust Deeds explores the history of an often overlooked civil rights milestone: the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelley v. Kraemer (1948). In a group of cases from St. Louis, Detroit, and Washington, D.C., six African American families challenged the hardening boundaries of the nation’s racial ghettos as they fought desperately to hold onto their homes. Aided by the NAACP and local civil rights attorneys, they attacked the legal legitimacy of racial restrictive covenants, one of the most pervasive instruments of residential segregation in the 1940s. Their dramatic campaign culmina ... More

Keywords: Shelley v. Kraemer, Civil rights movement, Civil rights law, Racial restrictive covenants, Supreme Court, NAACP, Housing discrimination, Residential segregation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469625454
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625454.001.0001

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Jeffrey D. Gonda, author

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