The COVID-19 pandemic and Georgetown’s abrupt transition to a remote, virtual environment significantly disrupted the Journal‘s editorial process in 2020. In light of the concomitant obstacles, the Journal has elected to publish two of our editorial contributions, originally intended for publication in our Spring 2019 edition, in lieu of a full collection of articles.
The first essay was written by former editor Christopher Dunn, who graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in 2019. Titled “Freedom International: The United States and the Suppression of the Slave Trade, 1860-1867,” it covers the United States’ role in the eventual eradication of chattel slavery, highlighting especially the cooperation between the United States and Great Britain.
The second article was composed by Stefan Broekhuizen, a graduating senior in the College and chief editor of the Journal since 2019. His essay, “Legal Vengeance: Feud in Renaissance Florence and Medieval Iceland,” examines parallels between Icelandic traditions of blood-feud and Florentine vendettas before analyzing the societal conditions that might have engendered similarly ritualistic, violent conflicts in such geographically and temporally disparate areas.