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Justice and Dilemmas of Gradual Emancipation: A Case of Arson in 1815

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:30pm

William W. Knight Law Center, Room 175
1515 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403

A prominent politician’s house burns to the ground in 1815. Who set the fire, and why, becomes the subject of a trial. In “one of the most splendid exhibitions of talent perhaps ever witnessed” the argument hinges on who is a slave, who is free.

Hendrik Hartog, History of American Law and Liberty, Princeton University