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Review of Prigg v. Pennsylvania: Slavery, the Supreme Court, and the Ambivalent Constitution

Law Library Journal, Vol. 105, No. 4, pp. 540-42 (2013)

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2013-41

4 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2013 Last revised: 12 Dec 2013

Susan David deMaine

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Date Written: November 1, 2013

Abstract

In 1842, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Prigg v. Pennsylvania, resolving a dispute about fugitive slave rendition that had raged between the states for decades. H. Robert Baker’s analysis of the decision and the events that led up to it is the first book-length work to investigate Prigg and its place in American history. Baker traces the development of fugitive slave laws and recounts the heart-wrenching story that lies behind Prigg to shed light on the Supreme Court’s decision and the gradual clarification of American federalism. This review explores Baker's coverage of the human and legal stories at stake in the Prigg decision.

Keywords: slavery, fugitive salve, federalism, Supreme Court, book review

Suggested Citation

deMaine, Susan David, Review of Prigg v. Pennsylvania: Slavery, the Supreme Court, and the Ambivalent Constitution (November 1, 2013). Law Library Journal, Vol. 105, No. 4, pp. 540-42 (2013); Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2013-41. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2353608

Susan David DeMaine (Contact Author)

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

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