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The Color of the Third DegreeRacism, Police Torture, and Civil Rights in the American South, 1930-1955$
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Silvan Niedermeier

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469652979

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652979.001.0001

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The NAACP Campaign against “Forced Confessions”

The NAACP Campaign against “Forced Confessions”

(p.59) Chapter Three The NAACP Campaign against “Forced Confessions”
The Color of the Third Degree

Silvan Niedermeier

, Paul Cohen
University of North Carolina Press

This chapter sheds light on the work of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which launched a campaign in the mid-1930s against torture and forced confessions in the South. The NAACP led legal battles to combat discrimination against African American citizens in the areas of education, labor, voting rights, and the judicial system. Cases the NAACP financially supported and appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court include Brown v. Mississippi, the Chambers v. Florida, the Lyons case, and the Groveland Four. The NAACP aimed to draw attention to lynching violence and characterizes the barbaric acts to American nation as a strategy to bring awareness of racial discrimination against African American.

Keywords:   NAACP, forced confessions, torture, Brown v. Mississippi, Chambers v. Florida, Lyons case, Groveland Four, U.S. Supreme Court, lynching, awareness of racial discrimination

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