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A Legal Ethnography

Colin Dayan

in The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691070919
eISBN:
9781400838592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691070919.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines how judges determined the character of slaves. In the South, the adaptation of Lockean notions of personal identity to slaves was inextricably bound up with the understanding of ... More


Between Human and Animal: The Disabling Power of Slave Law

Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy

in Between Fitness and Death: Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252043192
eISBN:
9780252052071
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043192.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

Through a close examination of British Caribbean slave laws, this chapter argues that British Caribbean slave law always recognized the humanity of the slave, and the law’s power derived from its ... More


Rape, Race, and Castration in Slave Law in the Colonial and Early South

Diane Miller Somerville

in The Devil's Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195112436
eISBN:
9780199854271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112436.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines several cases of slaves who were charged of attempted rape of white women. The rape of a white female by a slave was indeed a capital crime in Virginia as well as the rest of ... More


“Arrest me, for I have run away”: Fugitive-Slave Hunting in the Roman Empire

Christopher J. Fuhrmann

in Policing the Roman Empire: Soldiers, Administration, and Public Order

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199737840
eISBN:
9780199928576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737840.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

Like other slave-owning societies, Romans were extremely anxious about slaves illegally escaping their condition. This fear is evident in their laws and literature, and derived from Roman social ... More


A Rush of Mighty Wind: 1850–1851

Joan D. Hedrick

in Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195096392
eISBN:
9780199854288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096392.003.0018
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Harriet Beecher Stowe, a woman who disliked confrontations, who rode over unpleasantness with optimistic goodwill and turned aside anger with humor, found herself, as public opinion brewed over the ... More


The Birthright of Freeborn Subjects

Brooke N. Newman

in A Dark Inheritance: Blood, Race, and Sex in Colonial Jamaica

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780300225556
eISBN:
9780300240979
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300225556.003.0002
Subject:
History, World Modern History

Chapter 1 begins with the restoration of King Charles II in 1660 and follows the aftermath of the English invasion of Jamaica. It documents how Jamaica’s unique geopolitical circumstances in the ... More


Controversy and Christiana

David G. Smith

in On the Edge of Freedom: The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820–1870

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823240326
eISBN:
9780823240364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240326.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines how the passage of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law politicized the fugitive slave issue on a national scale. With the sectional conflict increasing, and the fugitive slave issue at ... More


Making Freedom: The Underground Railroad and the Politics of Slavery

R. J. M. Blackett

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9781469608778
eISBN:
9781469611792
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9781469608785_Blackett
Subject:
History, African-American History

The 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, which mandated action to aid in the recovery of runaway slaves and denied fugitives legal rights if they were apprehended, quickly became a focal point in the debate over ... More


Appropriating Institutions

Jared Ross Hardesty

in Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781479816149
eISBN:
9781479869985
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479816149.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter examines how enslaved Bostonians appropriated white institutions and discourse to better their everyday lives. They channeled much of their energy into learning and using local ... More


A Dose of Law: The Dialogics of Race and Disability in Southern Slave Law and Medicine

Jenifer L. Barclay

in The Mark of Slavery: Disability, Race, and Gender in Antebellum America

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780252043727
eISBN:
9780252052613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043727.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter argues that disability was central to the production of racialized medical knowledge in the antebellum years. As white southern physicians professionalized, they constructed racial ... More


Being and Becoming: Freedom and Slave Lawsuits

Bianca Premo

in The Enlightenment on Trial: Ordinary Litigants and Colonialism in the Spanish Empire

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780190638726
eISBN:
9780190638764
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190638726.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Latin American History

Historians have long noted that a defining feature of Spanish imperial slave law was the right slaves possessed to sue their masters. This chapter historicizes that right in the civil sphere, and ... More


Fugitive Slaves

Matthew J. Grow

in "Liberty to the Downtrodden": Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300136104
eISBN:
9780300153262
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300136104.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter focuses on Thomas L. Kane's work in relation to the Fugitive Slave Law. It explains that Kane resigned as judicial clerk upon the passage of the law because it required him as a U.S. ... More


Black Self-Emancipation, Gradual Emancipation, and the Underground Railroad in the Northern Colonies and States, 1763–1804

Graham Russell Gao Hodges

in Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813056036
eISBN:
9780813053806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056036.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter explores the extent, meaning, and impact of enslaved African-American flight during the era of the American Revolution. Its temporal boundaries range roughly from 1763, the onset of ... More


Eight Minutes from Freedom

Brad Asher

in Cecelia and Fanny: The Remarkable Friendship Between an Escaped Slave and Her Former Mistress

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780813134147
eISBN:
9780813135922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813134147.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter describes Cecelia's trip to Niagara Falls with Fanny and explains her decision to escape from slavery. It examines the legal, social, familial, and personal circumstances that influenced ... More


The State of the Country and the Church

Paul C. Gutjahr

in Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199740420
eISBN:
9780199894703
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740420.003.0049
Subject:
Religion, Church History

Chapter forty-nine examines Hodge’s early engagement in the events surround the beginning of the Civil War. Hodge was strongly pro-Union, and wrote early about the need to keep the Union intact. In ... More


This Drama of Genuine Manhood and Courage: Oberlin and the Fight for Freedom

J. Brent Morris

in Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism: College, Community, and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9781469618272
eISBN:
9781469618296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina9781469618272.003.0010
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter describes the open and successful defiance of the Oberlinites towards federal authority and the Fugitive Slave Law, and their manipulation of the rescue episode into a triumphant ... More


Politics and Conscience

Paul C. Gutjahr

in Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199740420
eISBN:
9780199894703
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740420.003.0048
Subject:
Religion, Church History

Chapter forty-eight examines Hodge’s politics and his tripartite commitment to God’s sovereignty, property rights and the need for religion to be tied to political action for the good of the nation. ... More


Slavery and the Rule of Law in Early Virginia 1

David Lyons

in Confronting Injustice: Moral History and Political Theory

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199662555
eISBN:
9780191754272
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662555.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This paper concerns systematic practices by public officials that are clearly unlawful, not hidden from view, and tolerated for many years. Such a “legal entrenchment of illegality” characterized ... More


Virginia Slavery in Atlantic Context, 1550 to 1650

Philip D. Morgan (ed.)

in Virginia 1619: Slavery and Freedom in the Making of English America

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651798
eISBN:
9781469651811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651798.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter locates the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619 with the Atlantic context of the first phase of the slave trade, during which the trade was dominated by the Spanish and ... More


“Only in Default of Whites”: Slave Testimony and Court Procedure

Sophie White

in Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469654041
eISBN:
9781469654065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654041.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter offers a grand tour of French court procedures as applied to the enslaved in French Louisiana, in order to frame the analysis of slave testimony. Using particular court cases to flesh ... More


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