Holly Brewer
Burke Chair of American History, University of Maryland

Holly Brewer is Burke chair of American history and associate professor at the University of Maryland. She is co-editor of the American Society for Legal History's book series, a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and receipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies in 2014. She is the author of By Birth or Consent: Children, Law, and the Anglo-American Revolution in Authority (2005) and of a recent article in the American Historical Review (October 2017), "Slavery, Sovereignty and 'Inheritable Blood': Reconsidering John Locke and the Origins of American Slavery." 

Written by Holly Brewer

Slave Ship (1840) by J M W Turner. Courtesy the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Slavery-entangled philosophy

John Locke took part in administering the slave-owning colonies. Does that make him, and liberalism itself, hypocritical?

Holly Brewer