Featured Guest
Julian Rankin

Julian Rankin is the director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. He is a James Beard Foundation Book...

Your Host
Brenan Sharp

Brenan Sharp, design director, joined the ABA Journal staff in 2010. He was previously the deputy design director and...

Episode Notes

Ed Scott was the first ever non-white owner and operator of a catfish plant in the nation. The former sharecropper-turned-landowner was part of a class-action lawsuit that resulted in upon one of the largest civil rights settlements in U.S. history. With the settlement of Pigford v. Glickman in 1999, almost $1 billion dollars has been issued to over 13,000 African American farmers to date. In 2010, the second half of the case was settled for another $1.2 billion in Pigford II. Scott’s legal battle and personal history inspired Julian Rankin to write Catfish Dream: Ed Scott’s Fight for his Family Farm and Racial Justice in the Mississippi Delta. In this episode, Rankin speaks with his cousin, the ABA Journal’s Brenan Sharp, about how Rankin came to meet Scott; how his background in visual arts informs his writing; and what Scott’s story shows us about the struggle for racial and economic justice in the Mississippi Delta.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Headnote.

Brought to You by
Newsletter

Notify me when there’s a new episode!

Episode Details
Published: September 25, 2019
Podcast: ABA Journal: Modern Law Library
Category: Access to Justice , Diversity , Legal News
Podcast
ABA Journal: Modern Law Library
ABA Journal: Modern Law Library

ABA Journal: Modern Law Library features top legal authors and their works.

Listen & Subscribe
Recent Episodes
12/04/19
What goes on in the mind of a sentencing judge?

Frederic Block talks about sentencing issues, the details surrounding the cases covered in the book, and the most important case that he has ever...

11/27/19
The Education of Brett Kavanaugh

Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly talk about their book The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation, discuss their report on Kavanaugh's nomination in real...

11/06/19
How to master the jury selection process

Jeffrey Frederick talks about the significance of nonverbal cues during questioning, why open-ended questioning is the best way to obtain necessary information, and how...

10/30/19
Fighting for 9/11’s first responders

William Groner talks about how legal battle with billion-dollar stakes changed him personally, the challenge of "being ahead of the science," and why the...

10/09/19
New book addresses critical legal issues, policies and strategies surrounding smart technology

Cynthia H. Cwik talks about why IoT devices are the most vulnerable hacker targets, the impact of they have on the national security, and...

09/25/19
African American farmer’s legal battle to save his family farm is focus of ‘Catfish Dream’

Julian Rankin talks about his first encounter with Ed Scott and the meaning behind Scott’s story, which depicts the struggle for racial and economic...