Law of Slavery
This small course will explore the way law was used to create slavery in British American in the 17th century and then how the American states and the American nation developed an elaborate system of slave law. We will consider slaves as property, the criminal law of slavery, the relationship between race and slavery, how slaves could become free, and constitutional issues involving fugitive slaves, slavery in the territories, and the overall constitutional structure. Students will be evaluated by writing a paper that may be used to fulfill the upper level writing requirement.
Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.