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The Color of the Third Degree – Racism, Police Torture, and Civil Rights in the American South, 1930-1955 - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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The Color of the Third Degree: Racism, Police Torture, and Civil Rights in the American South, 1930-1955

Silvan Niedermeier

Abstract

Available for the first time in English, The Color of the Third Degree uncovers the still-hidden history of police torture in the Jim Crow South. Based on a wide array of previously neglected archival sources, Silvan Niedermeier argues that as public lynching decreased, less visible practices of racial subjugation and repression became central to southern white supremacy. In an effort to deter unruly white mobs, as well as oppress black communities, white southern law officers violently extorted confessions and testimony from black suspects and defendants in jail cells and police stations to s ... More

Keywords: police torture, police violence, Jim Crow South, public lynching, southern white supremacy, white southern law officers, NAACP, Racial control, suppression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469652979
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652979.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Silvan Niedermeier, author
Erfurt University