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LAW 5709: Law of Slavery, Abolition & Freedom Seminar - 2221

Law of Slavery, Abolition & Freedom Seminar
Class Term:
Fall Term 2021-2022
Catalog Number:
Professor(s): Type:
3 (2 Contact, 0 Field)
Graduation Requirements:
Upper-Level Writing
"W" Writing
Seminar - 3rd Year Priority
Full Year Course:
Standard Courses

Grading Details

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.

Law of Slavery, Abolition & Freedom Seminar