Joseph Story and the Problem of Slavery: A New Englander's Nationalist Dilemma

Massachusetts Legal History, Vol. 8, 2002

20 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 3 Jul 2013

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Paul Finkelman

Gratz College; Albany Law School - Government Law Center

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

This article discusses Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story and his dealings with the issue of slavery. Joseph Story is one of the most celebrated Justices in Supreme Court history, influential both in his decisions and his many other writings which shaped American law. Professor Finkelman suggests that Story departed from his early anti-slavery rhetoric in favor of a pro-nationalist platform which ultimately led him to choose nationalism over liberty.

Keywords: Justice Joseph Story, slavery

Suggested Citation

Finkelman, Paul, Joseph Story and the Problem of Slavery: A New Englander's Nationalist Dilemma (2002). Massachusetts Legal History, Vol. 8, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1447507

Paul Finkelman (Contact Author)

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