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Southern Slavery and the Law, 1619-1860 (Studies in Legal History)

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This volume is the first comprehensive history of the evolving relationship between American slavery and the law from colonial times to the Civil War. As Thomas Morris clearly shows, racial slavery came to the English colonies as an institution without strict legal definitions or guidelines. Specifically, he demonstrates that there was no coherent body of law that dealt solely with slaves. Instead, more general legal rules concerning inheritance, mortgages, and transfers of property coexisted with laws pertaining only to slaves. According to Morris, southern lawmakers and judges struggled to reconcile a social order based on slavery with existing English common law (or, in Louisiana, with continental civil law.) Because much was left to local interpretation, laws varied between and even within states. In addition, legal doctrine often differed from local practice. And, as Morris reveals, in the decades leading up to the Civil War, tensions mounted between the legal culture of racial slavery and the competing demands of capitalism and evangelical Christianity.

Synopsis:

This fine book is now the standard work concerning the legal history of slavery in the United States.

Journal of Southern History The fullest and most probing explication to date of the policies and practices of the 'laws' of slavery.

Historian Brimming with knowledge and insight about a horrific aspect of our legal culture that continues to affect us.

Washington Post Book World One of the most impressive and thoughtful volumes on slavery in the last twenty years.

History: Reviews of New Books One of the most significant works on Southern slave law.

Law and Politics Book Review

Synopsis:

A comprehensive history of the evolving relationship between American slavery and the law from colonial times to the Civil War.

About the Author

Thomas D. Morris, professor of history at Portland State University, is author of Free Men All: The Personal Liberty Laws of the North, 1780-1861.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I. Sources: Racial and Legal

Chapter 1 The Function of Race in Southern Slave Law

Chapter 2 The Sources of Southern Slave Law

Part II. Slaves as Property

Chapter 3 Slaves as Property—Chattels Personal or Realty, and Did It Matter?

Chapter 4 Slavery and the Law of Successions

Chapter 5 Contract Law in the Sale and Mortgaging of Slaves

Chapter 6 The Slave Hireling Contract and the Law

Part III. Slaves as Persons

Chapter 7 Southern Law and the Homicides of Slaves

Chapter 8 Law and the Abuse of Slaves

Chapter 9 Jurisdiction and Process in the Trials of Slaves

Chapter 10 Slaves and the Rules of Evidence in Criminal Trials

Chapter 11 Masters and the Criminal Offenses of Their Slaves

Chapter 12 Obedience and the Outsider

Chapter 13 Slave's Violence against Third Parties

Chapter 14 Slaves, Sexual Violence, and the Law

Chapter 15 Property Crimes and the Law

Chapter 16 Police Regulations

Chapter 17 Wrongs of Slaves and the Civil Liability of Masters

Part IV. Manumission

Chapter 18 Emancipation: Conceptions, Restraints, and Practice

Chapter 19 Quasi and In futuro Emancipations

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807848173
Author:
Morris, Thomas D.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Legal status of slaves in free states
Subject:
legal history; Southern history; American slavery; colonial times; Civil War; racial slavery; Southern lawmakers; Studies in Legal History
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Southern History
Subject:
American slavery
Subject:
colonial times
Subject:
Civil war
Subject:
racial slavery
Subject:
Southern lawmakers
Subject:
Studies in Legal History
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Studies in Legal History Paperback
Publication Date:
February 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Law » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Slavery
History and Social Science » US History » General

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Product details 592 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807848173 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This fine book is now the standard work concerning the legal history of slavery in the United States.

Journal of Southern History The fullest and most probing explication to date of the policies and practices of the 'laws' of slavery.

Historian Brimming with knowledge and insight about a horrific aspect of our legal culture that continues to affect us.

Washington Post Book World One of the most impressive and thoughtful volumes on slavery in the last twenty years.

History: Reviews of New Books One of the most significant works on Southern slave law.

Law and Politics Book Review

"Synopsis" by , A comprehensive history of the evolving relationship between American slavery and the law from colonial times to the Civil War.
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