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Until recently, many of Missouri’s legal records were inaccessible and the existence of many influential, historic cases was unknown. The ten essays in this volume showcase Missouri as both maker and microcosm of American history. Some of the topics are famous: Dred Scott’s slave freedom suit, Virginia Minor’s women’s suffrage case, Curt Flood’s suit against professional baseball, and the Nancy Cruzan “right to die” case. Other essays cover court cases concerning the uneasy incorporation of ethnic and cultural populations into the United States; political loyalty tests during the Civil War; the alleviation of cruelty to poor and criminally institutionalized children; the barring of women to serve on juries decades after they could vote; and the creation of the “Missouri Court Plan,” a national model for judicial selection.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half title, Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction. Searching for Rights in Missouri History
  2. Kenneth H. Winn
  3. pp. 1-8
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  1. Chapter One. Testing the Limits of American Justice: Indian Trials in Nineteenth-Century Missouri
  2. William E. Foley
  3. pp. 9-34
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  1. Chapter Two. The Frown of Fortune: George Sibley, Breach of Promise, and Anglo-Francophone Conflict on the Missouri Frontier
  2. Kenneth H. Winn
  3. pp. 35-62
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  1. Chapter Three. The Politics of Slavery and Missouri’s First Elected Supreme Court: Dred Scott v. Emerson
  2. Paul Finkelman
  3. pp. 63-84
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  1. Chapter Four. The Judicial Ouster Ordinance of 1865 and Radical Reconstruction in Missouri
  2. Dennis W. Belcher
  3. pp. 85-104
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  1. Chapter Five. Disfranchised and Degraded: Virginia L. Minor and the Constitutional Case for Women’s Suffrage
  2. Bonnie Stepenoff
  3. pp. 105-128
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  1. Chapter Six. Missouri’s Long Road to Juvenile Justice
  2. Douglas E. Abrams
  3. pp. 129-160
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  1. Chapter Seven. The Living Example: Laurance M. Hyde and the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan
  2. Kenneth H. Winn
  3. pp. 161-180
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  1. Chapter Eight. Constitutional Mollycoddling: How Women Won the Right to Serve as Jurors in Missouri (but only if they wanted to)
  2. Karen Anderson Winn
  3. pp. 181-214
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  1. Chapter Nine. Shaking the Shackles: Curt Flood’s Challenge to Baseball’s Reserve Clause
  2. James R. Devine
  3. pp. 215-242
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  1. Chapter Ten. In the Midst of All Such Excitement: The Nancy Cruzan Case
  2. Edward “Chip” Robertson, Jr.
  3. pp. 243-270
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 271-272
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 273-288
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826273567
Related ISBN
9780826220691
MARC Record
OCLC
947229321
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2016-04-25
Language
English
Open Access
No
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