History of the Federal Judiciary


History of the Federal Judiciary


  Amistad: The Federal Courts and the Challenge to Slavery
by Bruce A. Ragsdale, Director, Federal Judicial History Office, Federal Judicial Center

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Amistad in the Federal Courts: A Brief Narrative

     
The Courts and their Jurisdiction

     
The Judicial Process: A Chronology

     
Legal Questions Before the Federal Courts

     
Legal Arguments in Court

     
Biographies

     
Media Coverage and Public Debates

     
Historical Documents

     
Bibliography and Resources

 

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