May 18, 2017

Missouri Law and the American Conscience From Indian Murder Trials to the Right to Die and Other Tales from Missouri’s Legal Past

Friends of the Missouri State Archives
Thursday Evening Speaker Series, 7-8 p.m.

In Missouri Law and the American Conscience, a new history anthology edited by historian and former Missouri State Archivist Ken Winn, ten essays showcase Missouri as both maker and microcosm of American history. While some focus on well-known legal cases, such as Dred Scott’s freedom suit, Curt Flood’s suit against professional baseball and the Nancy Cruzan “right to die” case, accounts of lesser known suits and events are also included. Learn about an attempt by Territorial Governor Meriwether Lewis to place on trial and execute non-English speaking Indians for the murder of Anglo-American settlers, Missouri’s first breach of promise suit involving George Sibley’s rescinded marriage proposal to a 15-year-old French girl and Laurance M. Hyde’s advocacy of the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan. Join us as Winn discusses these and other stories illuminating Missouri’s fascinating and sometimes forgotten legal past.