The Dragon St. George Could Not Slay: Tucker's Plan to End Slavery

31 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2009  

Paul Finkelman

University of Pittsburgh, School of Law; Albany Law School - Government Law Center

Date Written: February 2006

Abstract

In this article, Professor Finkelman discusses St. George Tucker's relationship with slavery. On one hand, he was an advocate of abolition and considered slavery inconsistent with the principles of the American Revolution. On the other hand, Tucker was a slave owner himself and provided the legal basis for declaring all persons of African ancestry as slaves in the Hudgins v. Wrights decision. While in his early years Tucker advocated the emancipation of slaves in the state of Virginia, in his later life he used slaves to better his own economic situation.

Keywords: St. George Tucker, slavery, Hudgins v. Wrights

Suggested Citation

Finkelman, Paul, The Dragon St. George Could Not Slay: Tucker's Plan to End Slavery (February 2006). William & Mary Law Review, Vol. 47, No. 4, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1428472

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