IntroductionScott v. London was an 1806 Supreme Court decision involving a freedom suit brought by London, a man enslaved in the Virginia portion of the federal District of Columbia. The case stemmed from changes in the law and geography of American…

IntroductionIn the summer of 1944, Irene Morgan travelled South from her job at the Glen Martin bomber plant in Baltimore to visit her mother in Gloucester County, Virginia.  On the return trip home, Morgan and another Black woman were directed by…

IntroductionSince its founding in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People waged a legal campaign against racial segregation and discrimination. In the decade after the Second World War, the organization scored a series…

Introduction In early 1924, the adoptive parents of seventeen year old Carrie Buck petitioned the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Charlottesville, Virginia to institutionalize their daughter. Although she had been raped by the nephew of her…