Outrage Legislation | Season 2, Ep. 4
Section 1983 is one of the most important civil rights laws on the books; tens of thousands of plaintiffs file Section 1983 cases each year seeking to hold state and local officials to account for unconstitutional conduct ranging from excessive force and false arrest, to violations of free speech rights and much else. But where does the law come from? In this episode, we explore the origins of Section 1983, or, as it was originally called, Section One of the Ku Klux Klan Act 1871.
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Jim Casey, Colored Conventions Project/Penn State
David Achtenberg, University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law
Stephen West, Catholic University of America
Peggy Cooper Davis, NYU Law
P. Gabrielle Foreman, Jim Casey, Sarah Lynn Patterson, The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century
Peggy Cooper Davis, Aderson Francois, & Colin Starger, The Persistance of the Confederate Narrative
Robert Goldstein, Blyew: Variations on a Jurisdictional Theme