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The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere
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|February 1, 2013

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Students of American history know of the law's critical role in systematizing a racial hierarchy in the United States. Showing that this history is best appreciated in a comparative perspective, The Long, Lingering Shadow looks at the parallel legal histories of…
Encyclopedia Of The Harlem Renaissance
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From the music of Louis Armstrong to the portraits by Beauford Delaney, the writings of Langston Hughes to the debut of the musical Show Boat, the Harlem Renaissance is one of the most significant developments in African-American history in the twentieth century.…
Gender and the Jubilee: Black Freedom and the Reconstruction of Citizenship in Civil War Missouri
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Gender and the Jubilee is a bold reconceptualization of black freedom during the Civil War that uncovers the political and constitutional claims made by African American women. By analyzing the actions of women in the urban environment of St. Louis and the…
Supreme Injustice: Slavery In The Nation's Highest Court
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|January 8, 2018

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American Legal History: Cases and Materials
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|April 17, 2017

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When the first edition of American Legal History: Case and Materials appeared over twenty-five years ago, American legal history was a nascent scholarly field. Today, the subject of legal history has flooded law, history, and political science departments across…
An Imperfect Union: Slavery, Federalism, and Comity
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"In short, we have a first-rate study of an important constitutional symbol of disunion." --Donald Roper, American Journal of Legal History 26 (1982) 255. Finkelman describes the judicial turmoil that ensued when slaves were taken into free states and the…
Jury Discrimination: The Supreme Court, Public Opinion, and a Grassroots Fight for Racial Equality…
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In 1906 a white lawyer named Dabney Marshall argued a case before the Mississippi Supreme Court demanding the racial integration of juries. He carried out a plan devised by Mississippi's foremost black lawyer of the time: Willis Mollison. Against staggering…
Millard Fillmore: The American Presidents Series: The 13th President, 1850-1853
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|May 10, 2011

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The oddly named president whose shortsightedness and stubbornness fractured the nation and sowed the seeds of civil war In the summer of 1850, America was at a terrible crossroads. Congress was in an uproar over slavery, and it was not clear if a compromise could…
A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States, Volume 2, From 1898 to the…
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A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States, 2/e is a clearly written, comprehensive overview of American constitutional development. Covering the country's history from the founding of the English colonies up through the latest decisions…
The Constitution, Law, and American Life: Critical Aspects of the Nineteenth-Century Experience
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The eight essays in this volume imaginatively explore the interrelationship between law and society in nineteenth-century America and encompass in their discussion some of the major historical issues of the era.
Defending Slavery: Proslavery Thought In The Old South: A Brief History With Documents
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Within decades of the American Revolution, the Northern states had either ended slavery or provided for its gradual abolition. Slavery, however, was entrenched in the South and remained integral to American politics and culture. Nationally, it was protected by…
His Soul Goes Marching on: Responses To John Brown And The Harpers Ferry Raid
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An examination of responses to John Brown and the Harper's Ferry Raid by prominent scholars: what different segments of American society made of Brown's attempt to foment a slave rebellion and his subsequent trial and execution.
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