The Law of American Slavery Seminar
This seminar will examine how laws, cases, and the U.S. Constitution helped create and preserve slavery. Class will read statutes and cases from the 17th century; excerpts from pro-and anti-slavery treatises, 18th and 19th century statutes and cases; major supreme court decisions; a short book on the Dred Scott case and monograph on slavery, law, and the Founding of America. There will be sections on criminal law, fugitive slave laws, constitutional law, and the law of manumission. There will be two or more days devoted to the large body of material on slavery and the law from Pennsylvania.