Lecture Description

This lecture explores the burst of freedom suits in the years that followed the American Revolution when enslaved families took slaveholders to court and won. Long before the Dred Scott decision, Black families in Washington, D.C., filed more than five hundred freedom suits, each a dramatic contest over whether slavery was legitimate in American law or not.

CATEGORIES

Constitutional and Legal Slavery

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William G. Thomas III

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