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Weekend Roundup

  • Joel Seligman reviews Akhil Reed Amar’s The Words That Made Us in the Los Angeles Review of Books.  “The great strength” of the book, he writes, “is to place constitutional history in a geostrategic context.”
  • The Federal Judicial Center has posted a new entry in its "Spotlight on Judicial History" series: "Elkison v. Deliesseline: The South Carolina Negro Seaman Act of 1822 in Federal Court."
  • Matthew Ahern, Library Assistant, Massachusetts Historical Society, has postedJennison v. Caldwell: Abolition and the Role of Courts In Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts” on "The Beehive," the MHS's blog. 
  • On Thursday, July 22, 2021, Melissa Murray, NYU Law, delivered, online, the Chautauqua Institution’s 17th annual Robert H. Jackson Lecturer on the Supreme Court of the United States.  The lecture took the form of a conversation between Professor Murray and John Q. Barrett, Professor of Law, St. John’s University and Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow, Robert H. Jackson Center, Jamestown, NY.  They discussed the U.S. Supreme Court, the Justices, and some leading decisions from the Court’s most recent term.  Video here.
  • The 2020 Chicago-Kent College of Law Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize has been awarded to Thomas P. Crocker for Overcoming Necessity: Emergency, Constraint, and the Meanings of American Constitutionalism (Yale University Press 2020). “The annual prize honors exemplary works of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.” More.
  • ICYMI:  "More states move to require lessons on Native American history and culture" (Chalkbeat).  A podcast on Buchanan v. Warley and contemporary housing disparities (The Weeds).
Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers.

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