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The Reflection of Race and Law in African American Literature

Author(s): Peter Schneck

Journal: American Studies Journal
ISSN 1433-5239

Issue: 51;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: U.S. | United | States | America | African Americans | race | racism | minorities | slavery | memory | law | legal system | American literature | culture

Since the law has been crucial in defining and delineating the dimensions of African American experience both in slavery and in freedom, the encounter with the American legal system and its representatives has left a strong imprint on African American cultural and literary memory and expression. The article sketches out a few aspects and features which characterize the reflection of law and race in African American culture and literature.
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