Category Court Cases

Treason on Trial

Robert Icenhauer-Ramirez is a lawyer who earned his Ph.D. in history. In this, his first book, Dr. Icenhauer-Ramirez looks at the fiasco surrounding the charge of treason against Jefferson Davis. The book does not have an auspicious start. I thought his Preface was atrocious. On page ix he claims, “Historians have largely ignored why the […]

Secession on Trial

This book by Professor Cynthia Nicoletti is an outstanding addition to the scholarship surrounding Jefferson Davis’s indictment and the machinations around his treason trial. Neoconfederates and Davis partisans from the late 19th century have sown so much disinformation about these events Professor Nicoletti’s careful analysis of the evidence does much to dispel the myth that […]

Justice Joseph Bradley and the Fourteenth Amendment

This is Professor Pamela Brandwein of the University of Michigan’s Political Science Department speaking about Justice Joseph Bradley and his dissent in the Slaughterhouse Cases and his view of the 14th Amendment. The video’s description reads, “University of Michigan Politics Professor Pamela Brandwein discussed Justice Bradley’s dissent in the Slaughterhouse Cases, which concerned New Orleans butchers’ right […]

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 […]