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
Date Written: 2002
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
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