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Author Gonda, Jeffrey D., author.

Title Unjust deeds : the restrictive covenant cases and the making of the civil rights movement / Jeffrey D. Gonda.

Published Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource.
Series Justice, power, and politics
Justice, power, and politics.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Covenants: race and housing in the 1940s -- Courtrooms : local lawyers and legal activism -- The NAACP : national leadership and housing desegregation -- To Washington : the Department of Justice and the Supreme Court -- Failures and foundations: the covenant cases and postwar black freedom struggles.
Summary In 1945, six African American families from St. Louis, Detroit, and Washington, D.C., began a desperate fight to keep their homes. Each of them had purchased a property that prohibited the occupancy of African Americans and other minority groups through the use of legal instruments called racial restrictive covenants--one of the most pervasive tools of residential segregation in the aftermath of World War II. Over the next three years, local activists and lawyers at the NAACP fought through the nation's courts to end the enforcement of these discriminatory contracts. Unjust Deeds explores the origins and complex legacies of their dramatic campaign, culminating in a landmark Supreme Court victory in Shelley v. Kraemer (1948). Restoring this story to its proper place in the history of the black freedom struggle, Jeffrey D. Gonda's groundbreaking study provides a critical vantage point to the simultaneously personal, local, and national dimensions of legal activism in the twentieth century and offers a new understanding of the evolving legal fight against Jim Crow in neighborhoods and courtrooms across America.
Language notes English.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Shelley, J. D. -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Kraemer, Louis -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Discrimination in housing -- Law and legislation -- United States -- Cases.
Real covenants -- United States -- Cases.
African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- Cases.
Electronic books.
Trials, litigation, etc.
ISBN 9781469625478 (electronic bk.)
1469625474 (electronic bk.)
9781469625461 (ebook)