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Scott Hancock
Scott Hancock is an associate professor of history and Africana studies at Gettysburg College. His scholarly interests focus on the African American experience from the mid-seventeenth century to just before the Civil War. His work considers African Americans’ engagement with the law in the north, and incorporates other disciplinary perspectives such as law and society and geography. He is particularly interested in how black interaction with the law in a variety of ways, from small disputes in lower courts to escaping via the underground railroad, shaped constitutional law, legal ideologies, black identity and U.S. society.

Entries by Scott Hancock

The Gettysburg Address and the Mission Not Accomplished

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 1:27 PM

How could Abraham Lincoln really believe what he said in the first line of the Gettysburg Address?

He said the United States had been conceived in liberty, knowing full well that the founding of the country sealed a million black people in slavery.

He said the country was...

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Stop Flying Confederate Flags at Civil War Commemorations

(198) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 7:13 PM

This July 4th, three Confederate flags appeared outside my house in Gettysburg. It was the first day of the reenactment of the battle at Gettysburg 150 years ago, and some Confederate reenactors walked down the middle of the street carrying the flags. Though they never saw me on my front...

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Emancipation Proclamation and Realizing MLK Dream

(3) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 4:02 PM

Three hundred and twenty-two days after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, he delivered the Gettysburg Address, one of the two most famous speeches in American history. He vowed that soldiers who died at Gettysburg gave their lives for a "new birth of freedom" by securing the Union. For Lincoln,...

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