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University, Court, and Slave: Proslavery Academic Thought and Southern Jurisprudence, 1831–1861

Alfred L. Brophy


University, Court, and Slave recovers the world of proslavery thought from the Nat Turner rebellion in 1831 to the start of the Civil War. It begins with William and Mary professor Thomas R. Dew, who argued that history and economic utility both supported slavery. It reveals the pervasive arguments by academics about the utility of slavery and its grounding in history, political theory, and culture. Then the book turns to antislavery writers, who challenged the assertions about the utility of slavery and its places in history. Through a study of leading southern judges and by a study of key ar ... More

Keywords: Slavery, proslavery thought, universities, legal history, constitutional history, pre-Civil War United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199964239
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964239.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alfred L. Brophy, author
Professor of Law, University of North Carolina