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The Crime Against Jean Field

In 1950 in the United States, young mother Jean Field lost custody of her two children because she taught them that Black people should be treated as equals, and because she disagreed with U.S. participation in the Korean War.

The pamphlet, "The Crime Against Jean Field," (Albert E. Kahn, 1952), written with the aim of righting a "monstrous wrong" (Kahn) explains the details of the case and how the decision was sanctioned legally. I encourage you to read it (above).

I learned of this story from Julia, who wrote a paper on the case for her law class, Meanings of Motherhood: Historical and Legal Perspectives.

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