Category Court Cases

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: 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 […]

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 […]