Teaching the Amistad
13 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2007
This brief essay discusses the use of a slavery case, the Amistad, in teaching a first-year Property Law course. It argues that teaching about slavery in the first year of law school not only emphasizes the significance of race issues in American legal history, but also helps students to connect broader philosophical ideas to the rules at hand. The essay reviews the facts underlying the Amistad case, including reference to the movie about the case and to intellectual property issues that arose in the making of the movie. The essay then traces the deployment in the Amistad case of the standard property themes of possession and title. The essay closes with suggestions about how to connect the discussion of the Amistad to broader themes in property law.
Keywords: slavery, property, possession, title, race
JEL Classification: K1, K10, K11, N31
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