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    Book Discussion on The Counter Revolution of 1776 and Race to Revolution

    Gerald Horne talked about his two books, The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America and Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow. In The Counter-Revolution of 1776, Professor Horne argues that the threat of abolition in England and its colonies helped spark the fight for independence in the United States. In Race to Revolution, Professor Horne looks at the experiences of slaves and ex-slaves in the U.S. and Cuba. He spoke at Eso Won Books in Los Angeles, California.

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    Dred Scott and the Supreme Court

    Lea VanderVelde talked about the Dred Scott v. Sanford Supreme Court case of 1857, the repercussions of the decision, and why its location in Missouri was very important. Dred Scott, who was a slave, attempted to sue his owner John Sanford for his family’s freedom after they had been moved to a free state by their former master. Among other points, the court ruled that slave or free African Americans could not sue in federal court because they could not be U.S. citizens. 
    Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave the introduction. 

    The Supreme Court Historical Society’s 2014 Leon Silverman Lecture Series, “The Supreme Court and the Civil War Revisited,” marked the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. "Dred Scott and the Origins of the Civil War," the first of the four lectures, was held in the courtroom of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.