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Fede's book provides a convenient overview of the law and those studying the topic will find him helpful in locating key opinions and statutes.  "Roadblocks" supersedes Thomas Morris' "Slavery and Southern Law" ... in the areas that Fede covers.   It is an important resource for those looking at the statutory law of slavery and at court opinions relating to slavery in the nineteenth-century USA. -- Alfred L. Brophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

As a lawyer, Fede does his best work in analyzing individual cases, many of which concerned disputed wills.  He also does an excellent job showing the give-and-take between legislatures and the courts. -- Chad Vincent Vanderford, University of Texas of the Permian Basin

From the Author

Viewers and readers of 12 Years a Slave may have wondered if enslaved people filed suits in the courts to win their release from slavery. This book tells the stories of many of the cases that were filed in the United States. The book also shows how some legislatures and courts put increasingly high legal roadblocks on this path to freedom.

More About the Author

Andrew T. Fede, is the author of "Roadblocks to Freedom: Slavery and Manumission in the United States South," which was published in 2011, and "People Without Rights: An Interpretation of the Fundamentals of the Law of Slavery in the U.S. South," which was originally published in 1992 and was republished in 2011 by Routledge. His other writings on legal history include "Slave Codes," in Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery (1998); articles and book reviews published in the American Journal of Legal History (5), Law and History Review, and Cardozo Law Review. His most recent article published in the FHC Annals: Journal of the Florida Conference of Historians won the 2013 Thomas M. Campbell Award. He has published biographical sketches on New Jersey lawyers and judges James B. Dill and Andrew Kirkpatrick in "American National Biography" (1999) and on Dill in "The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law" (2009). He also published twelve articles on New Jersey law topics. He has been a New Jersey lawyer since 1982, and practices in the Hackensack, N.J. office of Archer & Greiner, P.C. He has argued five times before New Jersey's Supreme Court and many times before the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division; he has represented municipalities, planning boards, zoning boards, and public library boards; and he has served as a New Jersey Superior Court-appointed special master, mediator, arbitrator, and condemnation commissioner. Since 1986, Andrew also has worked as an adjunct professor at Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, N.J., where he teaches in the Department of Political Science and Law.

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