Joseph Story and the Problem of Slavery: A New Englander's Nationalist Dilemma
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Massachusetts Legal History, Vol. 8, 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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: Justice Joseph Story, slavery
Date posted: August 13, 2009 ; Last revised: July 3, 2013