Review of Prigg v. Pennsylvania: Slavery, the Supreme Court, and the Ambivalent Constitution
Susan David deMaine
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
November 1, 2013
Law Library Journal, Vol. 105, No. 4, pp. 540-42 (2013)
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2013-41
In 1842, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Prigg v. Pennsylvania, resolving a dispute about fugitive slave rendition that had raged between the states for decades. H. Robert Baker’s analysis of the decision and the events that led up to it is the first book-length work to investigate Prigg and its place in American history. Baker traces the development of fugitive slave laws and recounts the heart-wrenching story that lies behind Prigg to shed light on the Supreme Court’s decision and the gradual clarification of American federalism. This review explores Baker's coverage of the human and legal stories at stake in the Prigg decision.
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Keywords: slavery, fugitive salve, federalism, Supreme Court, book review
Date posted: November 14, 2013 ; Last revised: December 12, 2013
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