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On This Date in Legal History

On August 13, 1818, Lucy Stone was born. She advocated to abolish slavery, but today is best remembered for her work in the women’s rights movement. Learn more by listening to Sally McMilllen, author of Lucy Stone: An Unapologetic Life, … Continue reading

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Let’s Celebrate Former President (Attorney) Abe Lincoln

On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born. Before becoming our 16th President he was a well-respected lawyer. You can learn about his legal career at http://goo.gl/Xa9ix9. President Lincoln is most remembered, however, for his accomplishments as president, including the passage … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1837 Margaret Morgan was living as a free woman with her children in Pennsylvania, when slaveholders claimed she was their property. Edward Prigg grabbed her and forcibly brought her back to Maryland. He was convicted of kidnapping under Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Associate Justice Joseph Story

President Madison nominated Joseph Story to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court for over 33 years until his death on September 10, 1845.  He’s probably best remembered today for his opinion in the Amistad case.  The … Continue reading

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The Amistad Case

On March 9, 1841, the United States Supreme Court decided the Amistad case. The Court ordered the release of kidnapped African men brought to this country, by way of Cuba, to be sold as slaves.  You can see the Court’s … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1857, Chief Justice Taney announced the United States Supreme Court’s infamous decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford. The Court held that African-American slaves (and their descendants) were not citizens; consequently, they had no standing to sue … Continue reading

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Let’s Celebrate Former President (Attorney) Abe Lincoln

On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born. Before becoming our 16th President he was a well-respected lawyer.  You can learn about his legal career at http://goo.gl/Xa9ix9. He’s most remembered, however, for his accomplishments as president, including the passage of … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1837 Margaret Morgan was living as a free woman with her children in Pennsylvania, when slaveholders claimed she was their property. Edward Prigg grabbed her and forcibly brought her back to Maryland.  He was convicted of kidnapping under Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1863 Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. A transcription of the Proclamation can be found @ http://goo.gl/EZK7U.  The document declared, “all persons held as slaves…shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

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The 13th Amendment

The 13th Amendment to our Constitution (that abolished slavery) was passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, and by the House on January 31, 1865. On February 1, 1865, the proposed amendment was sent to the states for approval. … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. A transcription of the Proclamation can be found @ http://goo.gl/EZK7U.  The document declared, “all persons held as slaves…shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

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