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James Phelps, Jeffrey Dailey & Monica Koenigsberg. Border Security. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 2014. Read more ›
Seth Stern & Stephen Wermiel. Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 2013. Read more ›
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, emancipation day for slaves in Texas. Specifically, on June 19, 1865–over a month after the Confederate surrender in faraway Virginia–a Union general landed in Galveston, Texas, and issued a general order essentially relaying the news of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
Lincoln’s proclamation had supposedly taken effect January 1, 1863, but as the Civil War was still ongoing at the time, news traveled slowly to say the least. Approximately 250,000 slaves in Texas could now rejoice. Tarlton’s Justices of Texas online exhibit includes an example of how the original Juneteenth played out on the ground. Richard Coke, who would go on to serve as Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court from 1866-67, was a lawyer and slave owner who had fought for the Confederacy. He did not return to his home in Waco until May of 1865 and apparently waited until June 19, 1865, to free his slaves.
Juneteenth is also the title of African American writer Ralph Ellison’s novel, a copy of which is in Tarlton’s collection. The book’s title is a testament to how far-reaching the occasion of Juneteenth has been generally as a celebration of African-American freedom.
Facsimile of 1215 Magna Carta, published 1800
Tarlton Law Library is pleased to announce a new foyer exhibit on Magna Carta. Magna Carta “the Great Charter” is a charter of liberties signed by King John of England (1166-1216) at Runnymede on 15 June 1215. This June marks its 800th anniversary. Magna Carta is a fundamental document in the history of the common law, in the United Kingdom, Commonwealth countries, and the United States. All of the imprints on display are a part of our fine rare books collection.