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Revealing the True Legal System of Jim Crow // Buxton Books + CLS present Margaret Burnham

November 21, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Please come join Buxton Books and CLS as we invite in Margaret Burnham, civil rights lawyer, to discuss with us her new book By Hands Now Known.

Tickets are $10 for CLS members and $15 for guests. Free for students by calling the number listed below and showing a valid ID at check in.
To purchase tickets, click here or call 843-723-9912.
Order “By Hands Now Known” from Buxton Books in advance by clicking HERE.

Bonus! Buxton Books is offering a $5 gift to all who attend the program to go towards the purchase of Burnham’s book!

About Margaret A. Burnham:
Margaret Burnham is the founding director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University, and has been a staffer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a civil rights lawyer, a defense attorney, and a judge. A professor of law, she was nominated by President Biden and confirmed by the US Senate to serve on the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

About the Book:
By Hands Now Known challenges our understanding of the Jim Crow era by exploring the relationship between formal law and background legal norms in a series of harrowing cases from 1920 to 1960. From rendition, the legal process by which states make claims to other states for the return of their citizens, to battles over state and federal jurisdiction and the outsize role of local sheriffs in enforcing racial hierarchy, Burnham maps the criminal legal system in the mid-twentieth-century South, and traces the unremitting line from slavery to the legal structures of this period, through to today.

Drawing on an extensive database, collected over more than a decade and exceeding 1,000 cases of racial violence, she reveals the true legal system of Jim Crow, and captures the memories of those whose stories have not yet been heard.


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