REVIEWS � 189 vigilant community in Minneapolis has maintained a “long-sustained political identiﬁcation with Phillips,” battling land consumption and environmental degradation threatening entire neighborhoods (331, 343). Detailing the decline of both collective and historical memories reveals the“fading placeofsocial and economic justicein modernpolitical debates” (276). Yacovone concludes with an intimation that a revival of the memory of Phillips is crucial in dealing with many of the social and economic injustices plaguing our own era (318). Ryan C. Mc Ilhenny is professor of liberal arts at Geneva College Shanghai. Before Dred Scott: Slavery and Legal Culture in the American Con- ﬂuence, 1787–1857. By Anne Twitty. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Pp. 285. Paper, $31.99.) Reviewed by Lawrence Celani The St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project, an online repos- itory that documents the nearly three hundred freedom suits that appeared in the St. Louis Circuit Court, is a fantastic resource for histori- ans of slavery and the law, and Anne Twitty makes good use of those records in this cogent and deeply researched book. Twitty argues that the proliferation of freedom suits that appeared in the St. Louis Circuit Court was the result of ordinary people’s knowledge of the law.
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