Slavery in the United States

Paul Finkelman

in The Legal Understanding of Slavery

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199660469
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745508 | DOI:
Slavery in the United States

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This chapter studies slavery in the United States, specifically how the Supreme Court and the U.S. Constitution defined and understood it. It first shows how slavery was protected by law due to the efforts of the framers of the 1787 Constitutional Convention. It then explains how the Supreme Court came to define slavery through its legal system. This chapter also demonstrates the way the legal system balanced the dual status of slaves as ‘people’ and ‘property’.

Keywords: Supreme Court; U.S. Constitution; 1787 Constitutional Convention; legal system; dual status

Chapter.  16573 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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