12 Years a Slave and the Law of Slavery

Last fall I took my legal history class to see 12 Years a Slave. I think I can only sit through that movie once -- it's just too violent for me to want to see again. But then I suppose that's part of the story of the movie and of our nation's long history with the institution of slavery. But amidst all the violence I want to talk about something that seems, perhaps, strange in that story: the role of law and its critique of law.

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