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Community Read & Author Talk at Flyleaf Books: BY HANDS NOW KNOWN

December 2, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Featuring Margaret A. Burnham, director of Northeastern University’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project.

If the law cannot protect a person from a lynching, then isn’t lynching the law?

InĀ By Hands Now Known, Margaret A. Burnham challenges our understanding of the Jim Crow era by exploring the relationship between formal law and background legal norms in a series of harrowing cases from 1920 to 1960. From rendition, the legal process by which states make claims to other states for the return of their citizens, to battles over state and federal jurisdiction and the outsize role of local sheriffs in enforcing racial hierarchy, Burnham maps the criminal legal system in the mid-twentieth-century South, and traces the unremitting line from slavery to the legal structures of this period and through to today. Drawing on an extensive database, collected over more than a decade and exceeding 1,000 cases of racial violence, she reveals the true legal system of Jim Crow, and captures the memories of those whose stories have not yet been heard.


DATE and TIME: Saturday, December 2 | 2pm

LOCATION: Flyleaf Books

COST: Free. Guarantee your spot by ordering a copy of the book from Flyleaf Books

For more information and to reserve your spot, visit the Flyleaf Books Website.

This program is presented in partnership with the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition, the Northern Orange County branch of the NAACP, Justice United, and Flyleaf Books.

This will be an in-person event with limited seating for up to 70 guests.






December 2, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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