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Fede’s Roadblocks to Freedom Explores Slavery and Manumission Through Courtroom Practice, Evidence and Social Context

Called “the most comprehensive study of the law of manumission ever written” and “a must read for anyone interested in the legal history of slavery in the American South.” Fede views freedom suits and manumission as legal process, trial rules, and damages—beyond abstract principles stated in the decisions. He shows that procedure made it harder for slaves, or free blacks wrongly held, to win their freedom. Even winners mourned the legal realities actually recognized. In paperback, hardcover and eBooks.


Jay Wexler spins stories of a Supreme Court Justice, Tu Fu, Clam Camp, a Black & White Zoo, and a Sitcom of Death Row

Available in paperback and at bookstores and ebook sites linked below.

A zoo with only black and white animals. A camp where children are forced to gather clams or face a trip to the ‘hot box.’ A Supreme Court Justice’s confirmation hearing presided over by the ‘77 KC Royals. BU law professor Jay [...]


Émile Durkheim’s classic study of the social core of religious belief and practice: The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life

The unabridged work on the sociology of religion by a founder of the modern social science of sociology–now presented in a quality centennial edition. Émile Durkheim examines religion as a social phenomenon, across time and geographic boundaries. Some of the most basic forms of social organization are analyzed, along with their religious beliefs and practice, to find the core of faith and rite.


Lawrence Friedman’s Provocative The Human Rights Culture, Views the Modern Arc of Rights as a Social and Historical Phenomenon

New from the acclaimed legal historian Lawrence Friedman, professor at Stanford. He does not mind going against the grain of most writers on human rights, to ask questions about its origins and import that the previous literature sidesteps. Why, as a social and historical matter, is all the rights discourse so pervasive and near-global today?