Category Court Cases

America in 1857

This book by Professor Kenneth M. Stampp looks at the situation in America in the critical year 1857. In the Preface he wrote, “In 1856 three events had worsened the already strained relations between the North and South; first, a violent struggle between proslavery and free-state parties for control of Kansas Territory; second, a bitter […]

The Trouble With Treason: Prosecuting Jefferson Davis

This article contains an interview between Sarah Richardson and attorney Robert Icenhaur-Ramirez of Austin, Texas. He found the trial was botched from the beginning. We find, first of all, Lucius Chandler wrote Davis’s indictment. “Chandler was the U.S. district attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, an appointed attorney. But the reason he was appointed […]

2019 Civil War Institute Day Two

Saturday, June 15, 2019 was the second day of this year’s Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. We started with Concurrent Sessions. C-SPAN 3 televised Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor of the University of Kentucky speaking on “Embattled Freedom: Journeys Through the Civil War’s Refugee Camps.” You can view that presentation here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?461510-7/slave-refugee-camps Dr. Will Kurtz […]

Voting Rights and Historians in the Courtroom

Here’s Professor Vernon Burton of Clemson University giving a wonderful presentation at the 2019 U.S. Capitol Historical Society Symposium on Reconstruction. The video’s description reads, “Clemson University history Professor Vernon Burton recalled his experiences as an expert witness for plaintiffs in voting rights cases in South Carolina and Texas. Professor Burton also discussed the Reconstruction era and constitutional amendments that were intended […]

Reconstruction and the U.S. Supreme Court

Here’s Paul Finkelman and Professor Randall Kennedy giving a great presentation on the US Supreme Court during Reconstruction. This is part of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s 2019 Symposium on Reconstruction. The video’s description reads, “Legal historian Paul Finkelman and Harvard law Professor Randall Kennedy presented talks on the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Reconstruction era. Paul […]

The 14th Amendment and Birthright Citizenship

Our tin-plated wanna-be dictator phony patriot, phony Christian, white supremacist president says he is thinking of ending birthright citizenship for children of immigrants who are in the United States without authorization via an executive order. You can see the story here. “President Trump plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship […]

Ex Parte Law

The citation for this case is 15 Fed. Cas. 3, Case No. 8,126. The case comes from the District Court of the Southern District of Georgia. Federal Judge John Erskine presided. William Law was a Georgia attorney who had participated in the rebellion. He applied for, was granted, and accepted pardon and amnesty. On January […]