Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court - Dr. Paul Finkelman

September 4, 2018 @ 3:32 pm

The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with the Baton Foundation, Inc., hosted Historian and President of Gratz College Dr. Paul Finkelman, who discussed his publication "Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation's Highest Court". The three most important Supreme Court Justices before the Civil War, Chief Justices John Marshall and Roger B. Taney and Associate Justice Joseph Story, upheld the institution of slavery in ruling after ruling. In Supreme Injustice, the distinguished legal historian Paul Finkelman establishes an authoritative account of each justice’s anti-black proslavery legal legacy, revealing the racialized reasoning and personal motivations that alienated them from America’s founding ideals and inextricably wove structural racism into the fabric of American civic life. 

Recorded on 18. February 2018

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