Law of Slavery, Abolition & Freedom SeminarClass Term:
Fall Term 2020-2021Catalog Number:
3 (2 Contact, 0 Field)Graduation Requirements:
Seminar - 3rd Year PriorityFull Year Course:
The grade for this seminar will be based on a combination of the research paper, oral presentation, and class participation. Each grading component will be weighted as follows: Research paper: 70 percent Oral Presentation: 20 percent Class Participation: 10 percent
This seminar will examine the constitutional, statutory, common-law, historical, and theoretical frameworks that created and sustained the institution of American slavery; the changes in those laws and policies that led to the abolition of slavery and the social forces that drove those changes; the legal barriers to full freedom following the end of slavery; and the contemporary relevance of the legal doctrines arising from the American slave regime and the abolition thereof. In addition to the reading assignments, students will be required to write a substantial (i.e., minimum of 25 double-spaced pages) final research paper on a topic of their choosing regarding the law of slavery, abolition, and freedom. Students will also be required to submit a rough draft no less than 10 pages in length approximately mid-way through the semester, and to submit written constructive feedback on a classmate’s rough draft. Students will also be required to deliver oral presentations of their research papers to the class.