AUDIO: Kelley on Michael Brown And Dred Scott | Here & Now
Blair Kelley

AUDIO: Kelley on Michael Brown And Dred Scott | Here & Now

  via Here & Now: There have been violent protests against the police in Ferguson, Missouri, for more than a week, since police shot and killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. An African-American professor watching the situation sees a link between what’s happening in Missouri today and what happened in the state in … Continue reading

Jay Milbrandt

ARTICLE: Milbrandt on Livingstone and the Law (via The Legal History Blog)

Jay Milbrandt, “Livingstone and the Law: Africa’s Greatest Explorer and the Abolition of the Slave Trade.” SSRN eLibrary (August 20, 2012). Abstract: Few historical events have had such tragic, widespread, and lingering consequences as the exportation of slaves from Africa. While the abolition of western Africa’s transatlantic slave trade is well documented, the events and … Continue reading

Dayan Receives Vanderbilt University Chancellor’s Award
Colin (Joan) Dayan

Dayan Receives Vanderbilt University Chancellor’s Award

Via Repeating Islands:  Colin Dayan recently received a Vanderbilt University Chancellor’s Award for her research and book The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons (Princeton University Press, 2011), which was selected by Choice as one of top 25 books for 2011… Description (excerpt): Moving seamlessly across genres and disciplines, … Continue reading

ARTICLE:  Paton on Obeah and Poison in Atlantic Slavery
Diana Paton

ARTICLE: Paton on Obeah and Poison in Atlantic Slavery

Paton, Diana. “Witchcraft, Poison, Law, and Atlantic Slavery.” The William and Mary Quarterly 69, no. 2 (April 1, 2012): 235–264. Abstract: In response to Tacky’s Rebellion in 1760 in Jamaica, the colony’s House of Assembly passed a law naming a new crime, “obeah.” This important statute led the way in establishing obeah as a phenomenon … Continue reading

ARTICLE: Millward on Enslaved Women, Bodies, and Maryland Manumission Law
Jessica Millward

ARTICLE: Millward on Enslaved Women, Bodies, and Maryland Manumission Law

Jessica Millward,. “‘That All Her Increase Shall Be Free’: Enslaved Women’s Bodies and the Maryland 1809 Law of Manumission.” Women’s History Review 21, no. 3 (2012): 363–378. Abstract: This article investigates the relationship between manumission laws and enslaved women’s bodies in Maryland, USA. The point of departure is the 1809 ‘Act to Ascertain and Declare … Continue reading