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A Legal History of Mississippi: Race, Class, and the Struggle for Opportunity

Joseph A. Ranney


Sixty years ago, one historian described state legal history as a “wasteland,” a neglected but vitally important part of American history. Legal histories of individual states are now beginning to appear. With this book, Mississippi joins their ranks. The book describes the evolution of Mississippi’s legal system and analyses the changes in that system during the state’s first 200 years. The book examines the interaction of law and society during six key periods of change: (1) Mississippi’s colonial and territorial eras and early years of statehood, when the foundations for its legal system w ... More

Keywords: Mississippi legal history, State legal history, Judges, Civil rights, Slavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781496822574
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496822574.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph A. Ranney, author
Marquette University Law School