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Defining the StruggleNational Racial Justice Organizing, 1880-1915$
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Susan D. Carle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945740

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945740.001.0001

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The National Afro-American League’s Founding and Law-Related Work, 1887–1895

The National Afro-American League’s Founding and Law-Related Work, 1887–1895

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Defining the Struggle

Susan D. Carle

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the extant evidence concerning the National Afro-American League's test case litigation and state legislative reform efforts and explores the political and legal perspectives of the lawyers whose ideas were key to this activity. It analyzes the reasons for the Afro-American League's demise at a national level several years after its founding and assesses its nevertheless important contributions to later civil rights organizing, tracing in particular how the Afro-American League's founding principles provided the template for the NAACP's founding several decades later.

Keywords:   National Afro-American League, D. Augustus Straker, early test case litigation, late nineteenth-century U.S. civil rights activism, Baltimore Brotherhood of Liberty, history of the NAACP, state civil rights statutes

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