Oct. 3 Early American History Seminar at MHS

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Paul Finkelman, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

John Marshall, Slaveowner and Jurist

Comment: R. Kent Newmyer, University of Connecticut

This chapter from Finkelman’s forthcoming book examines the personal and professional life of Chief Justice John Marshall in the context of his relationship to slavery. Though previous studies downplay Marshall’s slavery jurisprudence and his slaveholding, this paper argues that Marshall as a Supreme Court justice always favored slavery over freedom, and that this reflected his personal investment, emotional and economic, in slavery.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 5:15 PM

Boston Area Early American History Seminar at the Massachusetts Historical Society

RSVP required. Email seminars@masshist.org or call 617-646-0579.

Unless stated, all seminars take place at the Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston, and commence at 5:15 PM. After each session the Society will provide a light buffet supper. In case of inclement weather, phone 617-536-1608 for information.

As in the past, the essays are available in advance to subscribers through the seminar’s webpage, https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/seminars/early-american-history. A $25 subscription allows access to the full series of papers for the year, as well as the papers for the Modern American Society & Culture Seminar and the Boston Environmental History Seminar. Papers are posted a few weeks before the session; the Oct. 3 paper is now online.


We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!