VSU Prof’s Research Topples Jim Crow-Era Law in Louisiana

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VSU Prof’s Research Topples Jim Crow-Era Law in Louisiana
Local News
January 16, 2019

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s Dr. Thomas Aiello wrote a book in 2015 on a little-known Louisiana law rooted in Jim Crow-era racism. His research led to Louisiana voters overturning that 140-year-old law in the November 2018 midterm elections, making a historic change to the state’s court system.

Aiello’s 2015 book, “Jim Crow’s Last Stand,” explores the Louisiana law that allowed defendants in criminal trials to be convicted with a nonunanimous jury. When Aiello wrote the book, Louisiana was one of only two states that didn’t require a unanimous jury for criminal convictions.

Aiello’s research reveals the law’s racist roots, which stretch all the way back to the years right after the Civil War.

“After Reconstruction, white southerners were trying to reinstitute a version of slavery,” said Aiello, professor of history and African-American studies. “This is when they start passing the first Jim Crow laws, which were full of racial restrictions and segregation. They start doing all of these things in an attempt to regain control of black lives and black bodies in various ways.


Full article can be found here - http://valdostatoday.com/news-2/local/2019/01/vsu-profs-research-topples-jim-crow-era-law-in-louisiana/

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