Paul Finkelman

Paul Finkelman

Paul Finkelman is the president of Gratz College. He has published more than fifty books, more than two hundred articles, and numerous op-eds on the law of American slavery, the First Amendment, American race relations, American legal history, the U.S. Constitution, freedom of religion, and baseball and the law. His most recent books include Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation's Highest Court (2017) and Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson (3rd edition, 2014). He has lectured at the United Nations, throughout the United States, and in more than a dozen other countries, including China, Germany, Israel, and Japan. He previously taught at the University of Saskatchewan, Duke Law School, the University of Tulsa Law School, the Albany Law School, the University of Ottawa School of Law, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. His work has been cited in four decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and in many appellate briefs. He was an expert witness in the famous Alabama Ten Commandments Monument Case (Glassroth v. Moore) and in the lawsuit over the ownership of Barry Bonds’ 73rd homerun ball (Popov v. Hayashi).

Lectures

  • "A Well Regulated Militia": The Original Meaning of the Second Amendment
  • Antisemitism and the Development of American Religious Freedom *
  • Balancing Liberty and Security in our Democracy *
  • Baseball and the Rule of Law
  • Free Speech: The Key to Liberty *
  • Freedom of Thought in America *
  • How the Electoral College Protected Slavery *
  • Nationalism, Nativism, and Fear in American History *
  • Reconstruction and American Citizenship
  • Reconstruction: The First Civil Rights Revolution
  • Religious Persecution in American History: Quakers, Baptists, Mormons, and Jehovah's Witnesses *
  • The Civil War as a Constitutional Crisis
  • The Reconstruction Amendments Then and Now
  • The Tragedy of Andrew Johnson's Impeachment
  • Ulysses S. Grant: Hero in War, Hero in Peace, and Hero in Civil Rights
  • Understanding the Underground Railroad: Why We Love Antebellum Law Breakers
  • Was John Brown America's First Terrorist?
  • A Nation of Immigrants and a History of Anti-Immigrant Movement *


Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.