Supreme Court Justices Pre-Civil War and Slavery

Here’s Professor Paul Finkelman discussing the relationship of Antebellum Supreme Court Justices with slavery, especially Chief Justice John Marshall, who owned over 200 human beings. This is an excellent presentation, given at the National Archives. This was part of a series on “Slavery and the Supreme Court, 1801-1864.”

The video’s description reads, “Legal historian, college president, and author Paul Finkelman gave a talk on three of the most influential Pre-Civil War era Supreme Court Justices; Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, Associate Justice Joseph Story, and Chief Justice John Marshall. In a lecture based on his new book, Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court, Professor Finkelman argued that rulings by these three justices prolonged slavery in the United States.”

https://www.c-span.org/video/?439633-1/supreme-court-justices-pre-civil-war-slavery

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