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Two Slave Trials

Lecture no. 3 from the course: Liberty on Trial in America: Cases That Defined Freedom

Two Slave Trials

Taught by Professor Douglas O. Linder | 28 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

The citizens of the newly formed United States could not agree on the overall moral issue of slavery, but they were willing to take up its more narrow legal issues. Gain a greater understanding of the many ways in which the legal system supported the institution of slavery by examining the trials of two slaves: Anthony Burns, whose freedom was eventually purchased by abolitionists, and Celia (no last name), who was hanged.


January 8, 2020