The Remarkable But Forgotten Career of Salmon P. Chase

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Randy Barnett has a new paper out, this one titled “From Antislavery Lawyer to Chief Justice: ┬áThe Remarkable But Forgotten Career of Salmon P. Chase” (SSRN download), abstract:

Salmon P. Chase was as responsible as any single person for the abolition of chattel slavery in the United States. Yet his name is barely known and his career is largely forgotten. In this paper, the author seeks to revive his memory by tracing the arc of his career from antislavery lawyer, to antislavery politician, to Chief Justice of the United States. In addition to explaining why this is a career worth both remembering and honoring, the author offers some possible reasons why his remarkable achievements have largely been forgotten.

Worth the read.

-Eapen Thampy

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2 Responses to “The Remarkable But Forgotten Career of Salmon P. Chase”

  1. #1 |  Kevin R | 

    One of the largest banks in the world is named after him (or post-merger, him and John P. Morgan), so I don’t know about “his name is barely known”.

    Also he was on the $10,000 bill.

  2. #2 |  Henry Bowman | 

    According to Manber & Dahlstrom (Lincoln’s Wrath), Chase was also one of a couple of prominent members of Lincoln’s cabinet to personally order the imprisonment, without charge, of literally thousands of people who had the temerity to express opinions that he did not like.

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