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St. Louis Legal Encoding Project Resources

Information and additional resources for the St. Louis Legal Encoding Project, an IMLS grant funded project contributed to by Digital Library Services, WU Law Library, and Missouri History Museum.

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Freedom Suits & Slavery

Books & Publications

Delaney, Lucy A. (Lucy Ann). From the Darkness Cometh the Light, or Struggles for Freedom. (St. Louis: J.T. Smith, [189-?])

Finkelman, Paul. Imperfect Union: Slavery, Federalism, and Comity. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1981)

Finkelman, Paul. Slavery in the Courtroom. (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1985)

Foley, William E. "Slave Freedom Suits Before Dred Scott: The Case of Marie Jean Scypion's Descendants." Missouri Historical Review 79 (October 1984), pp. 1-23.

Gross, Ariela. Double Character: Slavery and Mastery in the Antebellum Southern Courtroom. (Princeton University Press, 2000)

Moore, Robert Jr. "A Ray of Hope Extinguished: St. Louis Slave Suits for Freedom." Gateway Heritage 14 (Winter 1993-94): 4-15.

Schafer, Judith K. Slavery, the Civil Law, and the Supreme Court of Louisiana. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1994)

Sestric, Anthony J. 57 Years: A History of the Freedom Suits in the Missouri Courts. (St. Louis: Reedy Press, 2012)

Wiecek, William M. The Sources of Antislavery Constitutionalism in America, 1760 - 1848. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1977)


Online Resources

African-American Resources - St. Louis Public Library

Africans in America

Background of Slave Freedom Suits in Missouri

Before Dred Scott: Freedom Suits in Antebellum Missouri

City of St. Louis, Preservation Plan for St. Louis, The African American Experience

Digital Library on American Slavery at U. of North Carolina-Greensboro

Freedom Licenses information - Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Freedom Suits information - Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Gilder Lehrman Online - The American Civil War

Images of African-American Slavery and Freedom from the Library of Congress

Missouri's African American History

Slaves and the Courts - 1740 - 1860



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