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Crimes of Discontent: The Contours of Black Women's Law Breaking in Civil War Era Washington, D.C., 1830-1865

Richeson, Tamika
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Richeson, Tamika
Advisor
Varon, Elizabeth
Abstract
My dissertation, “Crimes of Discontent: The Contours of Black Women’s Law Breaking in Civil War Era Washington, D.C., 1830-1865,” interrogates the racial and gendered context in which American criminal law took shape. Organized into five thematic chapters, this study is rooted in police precinct records, nineteenth-century slave law and black codes, criminal court dockets, jail registers, and newspaper coverage. I argue that many enslaved and free black women’s actions that were construed as crimes within the white culture of the period can also be understood as strategies of survival, resistance, or self-expression.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of History, PHD, 2015
Published Date
2015-03-03
Degree
PHD
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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