Teaching the Amistad
Brant T. Lee
University of Akron - School of Law
St. Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 46, p. 775, 2002
University of Akron School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Forthcoming
This brief essay discusses the use of a slavery case, the Amistad, in teaching a first-year Property Law course. It argues that teaching about slavery in the first year of law school not only emphasizes the significance of race issues in American legal history, but also helps students to connect broader philosophical ideas to the rules at hand. The essay reviews the facts underlying the Amistad case, including reference to the movie about the case and to intellectual property issues that arose in the making of the movie. The essay then traces the deployment in the Amistad case of the standard property themes of possession and title. The essay closes with suggestions about how to connect the discussion of the Amistad to broader themes in property law.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: slavery, property, possession, title, race
JEL Classification: K1, K10, K11, N31
Date posted: March 28, 2007
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