1619 Interviews – Randolph McLaughlin on Slavery in the Virginia Colony

Prof. Randolph McLaughlin
Pace Law School

Prior to joining the Pace Law School faculty in 1988, Professor McLaughlin was an attorney associated with Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, with whom he did litigation and labor law work. In 1978, he began his legal career at the Center for Constitutional Rights, a civil rights/civil liberties legal organization in New York City. For eight years he worked side by side with the renowned civil rights attorney William Kunstler fighting for the rights of activists and the communities across the country. In 1982, he won an award of $535,000 for five black women who had been attacked by members of the Chattanooga Ku Klux Klan. In 2007, he intervened on behalf of an Hispanic political activist in a voting rights lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice against the Village of Port Chester. On January 17, 2008, the district court issued an opinion and found that the Village’s at-large election system violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Professor McLaughlin discusses is article, “The Birth of a Nation: A Study of Slavery in Seventeenth-Century Virginia” (https://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/1114/). He explains through court cases and colony laws, how slavery developed in the Virgina Colony from 1619 to 1705. Such cases as John Punch, Elizabeth Key, and John Casor are discussed at some length.

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