The Smithsonian Institution is a trust instrumentality” of the United States—an organization established by the U.S. authorities as a public trust. By identifying what European law was, where its iterations could possibly be discovered, who was allowed to make and implement it, and what the results have been, she ties legal norms to their historic circumstances, and allows readers to understand their malleability and fragility.
It carefully examines three cases for which sufficient extant pleadings allow the reconstruction of the general contours of restoration for breach of a gross sales contract by an motion of trespass on the case, for contract enforcement by way of an action of covenant, and for restoration of a sum sure through an motion of debt.
It features discussions of the attorneys and judges concerned in freedom fits, the arguments used for suing (and defending fits) for freedom, in addition to the legal consciousness of the enslaved plaintiffs who brought virtually 300 freedom suits in the St. Louis Circuit Court docket from 1814-1860.
Fleming’s detailed work contributes to the broader and ongoing debate about the that means of justice within capitalistic societies, by exploring the fault line in the landscape of capitalism the place poverty, …