Wednesday, September 16, 2020

No, Justice Bradley didn't support slavery - Liberty Unyielding

A New York Times op-ed on August 29 claimed that Justice Joseph P. Bradley, who was appointed by the staunchly anti-slavery President Grant, opposed the Thirteenth Amendment.

This is nonsense. A biographical dictionary notes that Justice Bradley supported the “Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery.”

Not only did he not oppose the Thirteenth Amendment, he construed it broadly. That is made clear in a 1979 article in the Tulane Law review. (See Michael Collins, “Justice Bradley’s Civil Rights Odyssey Revisited”).


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