Category Court Cases

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 […]

Prigg v. Pennsylvania

The citation for this case is 41 US [16 Peters] 539. In 1832, Margaret Morgan escaped from slavery in Maryland and made her way to Pennsylvania and lived there as a free woman for five years. Edward Prigg, Nathan Bemis, Jacob Forward, and Stephen Lewis Jr. went from Maryland into Pennsylvania as agents of the […]

The Case of Fries

There are actually two cases here: 9 Fed. Cas. 826, Case No. 5,126 and 9 Fed. Cas. 924, Case No. 2,127. A rebellion began in 1798 in Pennsylvania in protest of the Alien and Sedition Acts and a new federal tax. Led by John Fries, the rebellion damaged the Federalist Party and was one factor leading […]

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 […]

Citizenship and Race in the Mid-19th Century

Here’s a panel discussion on race and citizenship in the Antebellum era. The panelists are Professor Chris Bonner of the University of Maryland-College Park, Professor Andrea Gillespie of Emory University, Professor Nicholas Guyatt of the University of Cambridge, and Professor Kate Masur of Northwestern University. The moderator is Professor David Blight of Yale University. The […]

The Andromeda

The citation for this case is 69 US [2 Wall.] 481. This is another case of attempted blockade running. The case was argued on 25 January 1865 and decided on 13 February 1865. The USS Pursuit captured the schooner Andromeda off the Cuban coast on May 20, 1862. She was headed to Havana after having begun her […]