The Persistence of the Confederate Narrative

A Companion Atlas

This appendix visually represents the doctrinal argument advanced in The Persistence of the Confederate Narrative written by Peggy Cooper Davis, Aderson Francois, and Colin Starger and published in the Volume XX of the Tennessee Law Review. The six maps below chart the genealogies of key Supreme Court opinions described in the Article. These genealogies link Supreme Court opinions to Reconstruction legislation, Constitutional Amendments and historical events. Click on any of the depicted opinions, laws, amendments, or events to open a new window containing open-source information about the link.

Sources: Supreme Court opinions are provided by CourtListener (a free site that provides verbatim opinion text) and by the Court itself. Reconstruction legislation is represented by documents gathered through original research. Information about historical events and constitutional amendments comes from the open-source repository Wikipedia.

  • Map 1: Congressional Reconstruction 1865-1877
  • Map 2: Early Supreme Court Interpretation 1871-1906
  • Map 3: Justice Harlan, Civil Freedom, and Citizenship 1868-1911
  • Map 4: Enforcing Rights and Enacting Citizenship 1883-1964
  • Map 5: A Sharper Cry for the Federal Sword 1871-1967
  • Map 6: Lost Opportunities to Invoke the People’s Narrative 1883-2015