The Legal Status of the Negro.
A thorough overview of laws since emancipation which have hindered the civil rights of Black Americans.
The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. in their reprint edition notes the following: “Originally published in 1940, this was the first comprehensive treatise on the legal status of the African-American as interpreted by United States courts in cases involving civil rights and citizenship. Some of the topics examined in this work are land ownership, involuntary servitude, segregation, failure to provide accommodations in charitable and penal institutions, interracial marriage, illegitimate offspring and adoption, as well as consideration of such factors as mob domination at trials of African-Americans, race discrimination in jury selection, racial prejudice of jurors, the voting franchise during reconstruction and its aftermath and attempts to keep African-Americans away from the polls.”
The publishers themselves advertised Mangum’s books, thus: “This study, unique in its thoroughness, is a review of the statutes and cases which concern the relations of the white and colored races since the Civil War—not a philosophical treatise on the problems of race relations and the courts, but a statement of the law as it has been interpreted by courts in the various states. The author answers the question. Who is a Negro? and discusses such subjects as civil rights, charitable and penal institutions, education, labor problems, domestic problems, mobs, the Negro in court, the voting franchise, and Jim Grow laws. Here is a real contribution to the study of race relations, a comprehensive and informative work.”
The first edition is scarce to commerce.
Description: The Legal Status of the Negro.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina: The University of North Carolina Press, 1940. First Edition. viii, , [1 (blank)], 436pp. 8vo. Publisher’s blue cloth with gilt spine titling; dust jacket. Author’s name printed in pencil on free, front endpaper, possibly his signature. Brief foxing on edges; very good in good to very good, slightly off-centered dust jacket with some toning, light soil, and a small loss and short closed tear along spine.