Southern Legal Studies

This series—formerly known as Studies in the Legal History of the South—explores the ways in which law has affected the development of the southern United States and, in turn, the ways the history of the South has affected the development of American law. Each volume in the series focuses on a specific aspect of the law, such as slave law or civil-rights legislation; a specific southern case that has broader legal and cultural influence in the nation, both historically and in contemporary times; or on a larger topic of historical significance to the development of the legal system in the region, such as issues of constitutional history and of law and society, comparative analyses with other legal systems, and biographical studies of influential southern jurists and lawyers.

Paul Finkelman is currently the Ariel F. Sallows Visiting Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Saskatchewan. He has taught at a number of other schools including Duke Law School, LSU Law School, the University of Tulsa College of Law, Virginia Tech, and Washington University in St. Louis. He has published more than forty books, two hundred articles, and numerous op-eds on the law of American slavery, the First Amendment, American race relations, American legal history, the U.S. Constitution, freedom of religion, and baseball and the law. He was an expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case and the law suit over the ownership of Barry Bonds' 73 home run ball. The Supreme Court has cited his scholarship on religious liberty, slavery and race, and the Second Amendment.

Timothy S. Huebner, Sternberg Professor of History at Rhodes College, specializes in the history of the American South and United States constitutional and legal history. He is the author of The Southern Judicial Tradition: State Judges and Sectional Distinctiveness 1790–1890 and The Taney Court: Justices, Rulings, Legacy. He is coeditor, with Kermit Hall, of Major Problems in American Constitutional History: Documents and Essays, second edition. He is currently writing an undergraduate textbook on the Civil War and Reconstruction period.

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Series Editors

Paul Finkelman
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Timothy S. Huebner
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Series Advisory Board

Alfred L. Brophy
Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law,
University of North Carolina School of Law


Lonnie T. Brown Jr.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism,
University of Georgia School of Law


Laura F. Edwards
Peabody Family Professor of History,
Duke University


James W. Ely Jr.
Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law Emeritus,
Vanderbilt University Law School


Sally E. Hadden
Associate Professor of History,
Western Michigan University


Charles F. Hobson
Professor of History,
College of William & Mary


Steven F. Lawson
Professor Emeritus of History,
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


Sanford V. Levinson
W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair; Professor of Government,
University of Texas at Austin, School of Law


Peter Wallenstein
Professor of History,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University