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Interview of Melvin Ely about his work "Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War"

In Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War (Vintage Books, 2004), Melvin Ely uses a trove of documents primarily found in the county court records of Prince Edward County, Virginia to unravel a rich story about the free blacks who inhabited “the gentle slope of Israel Hill.” The story begins in 1796 when Richard Randolph, a prominent Virginian and cousin to Thomas Jefferson, left a will full of fiery abolitionist sentiment that emancipated his slaves and parceled 350 acres of his land among them. 136 more words

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The Great War and its impact on law

What did the Great War do for the law?

This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, the First World War. The remembrance events, museum exhibitions, TV-programs and numerous publications rightly draw attention to the Great War. 1,643 more words

Great War

WMQ-EMSI Workshop CFP: Early American Legal Histories

The Omohundro Institute and the University of Southern California-Huntington Library Early Modern Studies Institute are pleased to announce the tenth in a series of William and Mary Quarterly-EMSI workshops designed to identify and encourage new trends in understanding the history and culture of early North America and its wider world. 345 more words


Legal History (14 October 2014)

Hendrik, Hartog, “The Constitution of Aspiration and “The Rights That Belong to Us All””, The Journal Of American History, Vol. 74, No. 3, (December, 1987), 1013-1034. 49 more words

The Legacy of Edward I: Beyond Robert Bruce and the Scots

This is something I worked on sometime ago. Now I am a medievalist but Late Medieval England is certainly not my thing. I had to do some research about Edward I as an undergraduate and I found it quite tough, as I wasn’t all that interested…However, the approach I took helped me understand a monarch and period in English History which is sometimes too focused on the events up in Scotland, and the quarrels between the English crown and Scotland. 904 more words

English History

Punishing Women

Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, Beavercreek, Ohio, and Columbia, South Carolina highlight the dangers of our current war on drugs and crime for young black men. 1,215 more words


sandvick reblogged this on DailyHistory.org and commented:

Typically discussions about mass incarceration have focused on young black men and this focus is justified. It does not tell the full story. Michael Durfee at the Points blog has article shifts that focus to a discussion about the impact of mass incarceration of non-white women. Durfee points out that "roughly 85-90 percent" of women who are in prison have "a history of victimization prior to their incarceration." While "women of means" are often "treated as victims" in these situations, non-white are much more likely to get entangled in the criminal justice system. Durfee's post does an excellent job explaining why non-white women should be helped, instead of punished.

news: reviewing the 4 gay marriage cases the high court tacitly endorsed

via NPR’s the two-way blog:

For now, the decisions from the 4th, 7th and 10th Circuits are the prevailing legal reasoning concerning gay marriage.

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