- From the American Scholar, Farah Peterson (UVA Law) on "The Patriot Slave: The dangerous myth that blacks in bondage chose not to be free in revolutionary America." "The fantasy of the patriot slave continues to haunt us and to limit us," Peterson writes. "It is a tendency to think of black people as supporting characters in the national drama—not so much as a selfless people (on the contrary, we are often smeared as freeloaders) but as people without any real selves worth bothering about."
- LHB Founder Mary L. Dudziak on “George Floyd Moves the World: The Legacy of Racial Protest in America and the Imperative of Reform” (Foreign Affairs). Calling out racism, “as have millions of Americans in the past week, does not undermine the nation by revealing its well-known failings to the rest of the world,” she writes. “The world has known of these failings for centuries.”
- Now online: The Docket, vol. 3, no. 2 (June, 2020), a special issue on the history and contemporary legacies of age of consent laws.
- The National History Center Webinar, Protest and Civil Unrest in the United States: An Historical Exploration, is up on YouTube.
- Over at Jotwell, Reuel Schiller reviews Sarah Milov's The Cigarette: A Political History (The Cigarette and the State).
- The Federal Judicial Center has been "live-tweeting" Schenck v. U.S (1919).
- The University of Alabama at Birmingham has a notice of Mulatto • Outlaw • Pilgrim • Priest: The Legal Case of José Soller, Accused of Impersonating a Pastor and Other Crimes in Seventeenth-century Spain (Brill), by John K. Moore Jr.
- Historians Matt Gabriele and Varsha Venkatsubramanian are hosting Drinking with Historians, a 30-minute Zoom conversation over drinks with a guest historian each Friday usually at 6pm ET. To catch Gautham Rao on July 3 and Karl Shoemaker on Aug.7, sign up here. More info here.
- ICYMI: Laura Edwards on the history of policing in WaPo and the Duke Chronicle. "Why We Have the Third Amendment" (History Channel). Maori pursue claims to the "Nelson Tenths" (RNZ). Wesley M. Oliver on Dollree Mapp and the anachronistic exclusionary rule (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). "History Strikes Back," says Steven Mintz (Inside Higher Ed). Randall Kennedy on teaching a racial epithet (Volokh Conspiracy).
Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers.