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Kirt von DaackeFreedom Has a Face: Race, Identity, and Community in Jefferson’s Virginia

University of Virginia Press, 2012

by Siobhan Barco on April 16, 2015

Kirt von Daacke

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In this podcast I talk to Kirt von Daacke about his 2012 work, Freedom Has a Face: Race, Identity, and Community in Jefferson's Virginia (University of Virginia Press, 2012). Professor von Daacke is Associate Professor of History and Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. In this interview a few topics we discuss are:

  • Sources and methods for piecing together a picture of life in Albemarle County and the use of legal documents as a window into a past society
  • The relationship between law on the books and the actual behavior of the inhabitants of Albemarle County
  • Free people of color’s experiences with the legal system
  • The possibilities and the pitfalls awaiting unmarried women of color in the rural antebellum South
  • Some implications of Freedom Has a Face for future work on African American history


Sally Cabot GunningSatucket Trilogy

April 9, 2015

In this podcast I talk with author Sally Cabot Gunning about law in the Satucket Trilogy: The Widow’s War, Bound, and The Rebellion of Jane Clarke (Harper, 2006, 2008, 2010). Gunning is an accomplished writer of mystery novels and historical fiction set in eighteenth-century America. By bringing to life important pieces of America’s legal past, […]

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Leigh Ann WheelerHow Sex Became a Civil Liberty

April 6, 2015

Leigh Ann Wheeler is professor of history at Binghamton University. Her book How Sex Became a Civil Liberty (Oxford University Press, 2013), examines the role of the American Civil Liberties Union in establishing sexual rights as grounded in the U.S. constitution. Wheeler begins in the bohemian New York with the personal biographies of individuals who […]

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James Q. WhitmanThe Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War

April 3, 2015

In The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War (Harvard University Press, 2012),  Yale Law School Professor James Q. Whitman dissects the law behind eighteenth century European land wars. Whitman's impressive attempt to sort out the intellectual path of the laws of war leaves us with a clearer understanding of […]

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Robert P. BurnsKafka’s Law: ‘The Trial’ and American Criminal Justice

March 13, 2015

Professor Robert P. Burns of Northwestern University School of Law offers an insightful critique of the modern American criminal justice system in his new work Kafka's Law: 'The Trial' and American Criminal Justice (University of Chicago Press 2014). This interview explores the characteristics of Kafka’s “Law” and exposes where and how these characteristics exist within the […]

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Seana ShiffrinSpeech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law

March 2, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in Philosophy] It is generally accepted that lying is morally prohibited. But theorists divide over the nature of lying’s wrongness, and thus there is disagreement over when the prohibition might be outweighed by competing moral norms.  There is also widespread agreement over the idea that promises made under conditions of coercion or […]

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J. Douglas SmithOn Democracy’s Doorstep: The Inside Story of How the Supreme Court Brought

February 20, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in History] This year we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a legal revolution with far-reaching cultural, political, and economic import. But as J. Douglas Smith argues in On Democracy's Doorstep: The Inside Story of How the Supreme Court Brought "One Person, One Vote" to the United States (Hill and Wang, 2014), the early […]

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Joseph M. GabrielMedical Monopoly: Intellectual Property Rights and the Origin of the Modern Pharmaceutical Industry

February 19, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in Medicine] Commercial interests are often understood as impinging upon the ethical norms of medicine. In his new book, Medical Monopoly: Intellectual Property Rights and the Origins of the Modern Pharmaceutical Industry (University of  Chicago Press, 2013), Joe Gabriel shows how the modernization of American medicine was bound up in the ownership, manufacture, and marketing of […]

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Emilie CloatrePills for the Poorest: An Exploration of TRIPS and Access to Medication in Sub-Saharan Africa

February 9, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in Medicine] Emilie Cloatre’s award-winning book, Pills for the Poorest: An Exploration of TRIPS and Access to Medication in Sub-Saharan Africa (Palgrave, 2013), locates the effects—and ineffectualness—of a landmark international agreement for healthcare: the World Trade Organization’s “Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.” Cloatre takes seriously the idea of TRIPS as a technology in Bruno Latour’s […]

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Susan ByrneLaw and History in Cervantes’ Don Quixote

January 29, 2015

Please listen to the fascinating conversation I had with Susan Byrne, Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of Undergraduate Studies for Spanish at Yale University, about her new work, Law and History in Cervantes’ Don Quixote (University of Toronto Press, 2013). Byrne leads us through a close reading of Cervantes’ most famous work, revealing an […]

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