Spring 2014
    Law No.: LAW7132
    Sched. No.: 114221067

Slavery and the Constitution (SC)
Section 1
Collins, Michael G.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):WF, 1130-1250 (WB104)
Credits:1Type:Lecture - short course
Capacity:45 **This information is current as of 04/23/2014 06:15:10 AM**
Current Enrollment:34 **This information is current as of 04/23/2014 06:15:10 AM**
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Course Description:

This course meets Wednesday and Friday, 11:30-12:50 p.m., February 19-March 28.

This short course will address how the Constitution dealt with the institution of slavery in America. We will focus on the framing and ratifying of the Constitution’s provisions relating to slavery, including the compromises they embodied; we will look at how lawyers argued over the Constitution’s application to various aspects of slavery, and we will consider how courts responded to those arguments. Topics will include the law of fugitive slave rendition; the comity that free states might give to the “master/slave” relationship when slaveholders visited those states; the citizenship status of free African-Americans; and the extent of congressional power to regulate or prohibit: the foreign slave trade, the interstate slave trade, and slavery in newly acquired U.S. territories. A packet of course materials will consist mainly of edited judicial opinions—particularly from the U.S. Supreme Court—with follow-up notes and questions, and a few excerpts from secondary scholarship. Because this is primarily a course about the public law of slavery at the federal level, we will not address such topics as the day-to-day lives of enslaved persons and their treatment, individual slave narratives, the political economy of slavery, or various state laws regulating the practice of slavery.