ARTICLE: Webb on Slave Narratives and the Sentencing Court

Webb, Lindsey. “Slave Narratives and the Sentencing Court.” SSRN Scholarly Paper. Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network, September 28, 2016.

Image Title: Mary Millburn; Secreted in a box. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture  http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/id?1222687

“In examining how invoking conditions of confinement at sentencing engages defense attorneys as advocates and abolitionists, this Article seeks insight from a tool of abolitionists and advocates from a different time: Civil War-era slave narratives. Slave narratives exposed the hidden conditions of slavery while also seeking to humanize the enslaved people subjected to those conditions. Using slave narratives as a touchstone in a conversation about sentencing advocacy provides a new perspective on the role of storytelling in litigation and social movements, including questions of who tells the story and which stories are told, in the context of systems of control with deep disparate impacts based on race.”

Source: Slave Narratives and the Sentencing Court by Lindsey Webb :: SSRN

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