Aaron R Hall

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My primary project explores the emergence of historically venerative constitutional culture in the United States. I am writing a dissertion, titled “Slavery and the Constitutional Sublime: Claiming the Founding in Antebellum America,” that narrates the production and mobilization of this public constitutionalism between 1815 and 1861 around conflicts over slavery under law.

I also study questions of governance in the nineteenth-century United States. In particular, I am researching practices of governmental recruitment of enslaved people's labor for purposes of state-building and economic development.

 

Research Interests: 
Nineteenth-century U.S. history; legal history; southern history
Slavery; constitutionalism; statecraft and governance; political culture; political economy
Graduate Position: 
PhD Candidate