Race and Domestic International Law in the United States

National Black Law Journal, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 26-51, 2003

25 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2011

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Paul Finkelman

Gratz College; Albany Law School

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

This article explores how the 'Full Faith and Credit' Clause of Article IV affected state laws governing slavery and race before 1865 since states were not obligated to extend comity to laws which prejudiced the rights of their governments and of their citizens. However, the ease of interstate travel made slavery an issue for domestic international law. Two significant fugitive slave cases, Prigg v. Pennsylvania and Jones v. Van Zandt, held that race determined status, setting the law of slave states as the standard for American jurisprudence with fugitive slaves, free blacks in slave states, and slaves travelling through free states.

Suggested Citation

Finkelman, Paul, Race and Domestic International Law in the United States (2003). National Black Law Journal, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 26-51, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1432029

Paul Finkelman (Contact Author)

Gratz College ( email )

7605 Old York Road
Melrose Park, PA 19027
United States

Albany Law School

NY
United States

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