Making Race in the Courtroom

The Legal Construction of Three Races in Early New Orleans

Author: Kenneth R. Aslakson

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814724310

Category: History

Page: 272

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Based on author's dissertation (doctoral - University of Texas, 2007) issued under title: Making race: the role of free Blacks in the development of New Orleans' three-caste society, 1791-1812.

Philanthropy and Race in the Haitian Revolution

Author: Erica R. Johnson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319761447

Category: History

Page: 249

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This book examines the ways in which a minority of primarily white, male, French philanthropists used their social standing and talents to improve the lives of peoples of African descent in Saint-Domingue during the crucial period of the Haitian Revolution. They went to great lengths to advocate for the application of universal human rights through political activities, academic societies, religious charity, influence on public opinion, and fraternity in the armed services. The motives for their benevolence ran the gamut from genuine altruism to the selfish pursuit of prestige, which could, on occasion, lead to political or economic benefit from aiding blacks and people of color. This book offers a view that takes into account the efforts of all peoples who worked to end slavery and establish racial equality in Saint-Domingue and challenges simplistic notions of the Haitian Revolution, which lean too heavily on an assumed strict racial divide between black and white.

Appealing for Liberty

Freedom Suits in the South

Author: Loren Schweninger

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190664304

Category: History

Page: 472

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Dred Scott and his landmark Supreme Court case are ingrained in the national memory, but he was just one of multitudes who appealed for their freedom in courtrooms across the country. Appealing for Liberty is the most comprehensive study to give voice to these African Americans, drawing from more than 2,000 suits and from the testimony of more than 4,000 plaintiffs from the Revolutionary era to the Civil War. Through the petitions, evidence, and testimony introduced in these court proceedings, the lives of the enslaved come sharply and poignantly into focus, as do many other aspects of southern society such as the efforts to preserve and re-unite black families. This book depicts in graphic terms, the pain, suffering, fears, and trepidations of the plaintiffs while discussing the legal systemlawyers, judges, juries, and testimonythat made judgments on their "causes," as the suits were often called. Arguments for freedom were diverse: slaves brought suits claiming they had been freed in wills and deeds, were born of free mothers, were descendants of free white women or Indian women; they charged that they were illegally imported to some states or were residents of the free states and territories. Those who testified on their behalf, usually against leaders of their communities, were generally white. So too were the lawyers who took these cases, many of them men of prominence, such as Francis Scott Key. More often than not, these men were slave owners themselves-- complicating our understanding of race relations in the antebellum period. A majority of the cases examined here were not appealed, nor did they create important judicial precedent. Indeed, most of the cases ended at the county, circuit, or district court level of various southern states. Yet the narratives of both those who gained their freedom and those who failed to do so, and the issues their suits raised, shed a bold and timely light on the history of race and liberty in the "land of the free."

Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking

Cases and Materials

Author: N.A

Publisher: Aspen Publishers

ISBN: 9780735550629

Category: Law

Page: 1856

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This popular casebook is highly regarded for its ability to provide a solid introduction to the practical realities of constitutional decision-making by taking a distinctive historical approach. In its revised and updated Fifth Edition, PROCESSES OF CONSTITUTIONAL DECISIONMAKING is an invaluable tool for teaching students the origins and development of constitutional doctrine. Proven effective through years of successful classroom use, the casebook: traces the historical, political, and social development of constitutional law, then considers constitutional questions in a broad historical context presents cutting-edge contributions from important contemporary legal scholars discusses seminal cases from the annals of history that show the relevance of historical materials to modern constitutional analysis provides full treatment of the important issues of civil rights, federalism, and separation of powers draws on the combined expertise of an outstanding author team contains particularly strong chapters on the constitutional treatment of sex equality and race Longtime users will find much new information in the Fifth Edition, including: timely coverage of civil liberties during wartime revised and expanded treatment of constitutional rights of sexual orientation minorities more material on rights of the poor and constitutional rights in the welfare state full analysis of new doctrines on federalism and civil rights powers

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography

Being the History of the United States as Illustrated in the Lives of the Founders, Builders, and Defenders of the Republic, and of the Men and Women who are Doing the Work and Moulding the Thought of the Present Time

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: United States

Page: N.A

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The National Cyclopædia of American Biography

Being the History of the United States as Illustrated in the Lives of the Founders, Builders, and Defenders of the Republic, and of the Men and Women who are Doing the Work and Moulding the Thought of the Present Time

Author: George Derby,James Terry White

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: United States

Page: N.A

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Motor Age

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Automobile industry and trade

Page: N.A

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The Lawyers Reports Annotated, Book 1-70

All Current Cases of General Value and Importance with Full Annotation ... 1888-1905 : Extra Annotated Ed., with L. R. A. Cases as Authorities

Author: Robert Desty,Edmund Hamilton Smith,Burdett Alberto Rich,Henry Philip Farnham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law reports, digests, etc

Page: N.A

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