Law of Slavery, Abolition & Freedom SeminarClass Term:
Fall Term 2023-2024Catalog Number:
3 (2 Contact, 1 Field)Graduation Requirements:
Seminar - 3rd Year PriorityFull Year Course:
In addition to the reading assignments, students will be required to write a substantial (i.e., a minimum of 20 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 also 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.”
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 true freedom that remained even following the end of slavery; and the contemporary relevance of the legal doctrines arising from the American slave regime and the abolition thereof.