The Article will discuss and analyze the forces that shaped Ableman v. Booth, one of the most dramatic confrontations in the long-running dispute over fugitive slaves, the Supreme Court's disposition of the case, and the aftermath of the decision. The Article will begin by describing the state of the dispute over fugitive slaves in the mid-1850s. The Article will then recount the events that brought Ableman to the Supreme Court and analyze the Court's opinion. Finally, the Article will discuss the aftermath and significance of the dispute.
Earl M. Maltz,
Slavery, Federalism, and the Constitution: Ableman v. Booth and the Struggle over Fugitive Slaves ,
56 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol56/iss1/5