From Antislavery Lawyer to Chief Justice: The Remarkable But Forgotten Career of Salmon P. Chase
Randy E. Barnett
Georgetown University Law Center
Case Western Reserve Law Review, Forthcoming
Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 12-122
The name Salmon P. Chase is barely known and his career is largely forgotten. In this paper, the author seeks to revive his memory by tracing the arc of his career from antislavery lawyer, to antislavery politician, to Chief Justice of the United States. In addition to explaining why this is a career worth both remembering and honoring, the author offers some possible reasons why his remarkable achievements have largely been forgotten.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 50
Keywords: antislavery, Justice Chase, constitutional abolitionists, abolition of slavery, constitutionalists, civil rights, political history
JEL Classification: K00, K30, K39Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 29, 2012 ; Last revised: September 25, 2012
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