Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
A Legal History of MississippiRace, Class, and the Struggle for Opportunity$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Joseph A. Ranney

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496822574

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496822574.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Mississippi SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mississippi.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Mississippi, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSSO for personal use.date: 05 August 2020

Moving Past the Crossroads: Law and Mississippi’s Modern Age

Moving Past the Crossroads: Law and Mississippi’s Modern Age

Chapter:
(p.131) Chapter Six Moving Past the Crossroads: Law and Mississippi’s Modern Age
Source:
A Legal History of Mississippi
Author(s):

Joseph A. Ranney

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496822574.003.0007

Mississippi’s post-World War II legal history consists of two major struggles. The first was the long legal battle between Mississippi lawmakers and federal appellate courts that accompanied the political battle to end segregation (1950-70). The end of legal segregation and voting restrictions empowered black Mississippians and created a new, three-cornered political balance between blacks, white moderates and conservatives. The rise after 1960 of “expressive individualism,” a philosophy that valued individual autonomy over shared public values, triggered the second struggle. The battle between individualists and traditionalists has been fought on many fronts in Mississippi including rights of female and gay Mississippians, abortion rights and debates over the extent to which government may support private schools. Mississippi has mostly sided with traditionalists but has not been a leader on either side.

Keywords:   Mississippi, Segregation, Voting rights, Gay rights, Abortion

University Press of Mississippi requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.