LAW7914 - American Slavery and American Law

LAW7914 - American Slavery and American Law

Course Number: 

7914

Type: 

Seminar

Credits: 

3

Prerequisite(s):

none

Concentrating on the period from the adoption of the Constitution (1787) through ratification of the 13th Amendment (1865), this course explores the role of law and lawmakers (judges, lawyers and legislators) in the creation and operation of slavery as an institution. The slavery provisions in the Constitution, along with leading state and national judicial decisions concerning slavery and the slave trade, are located in the context of history and historical scholarship. The course also considers resistance to slave law on the part of slaves, as well as efforts by abolitionist lawyers, politicians and constitutional theorists to destroy the institution.