Southern Slavery and the Law, 1619-1860

Southern Slavery and the Law, 1619-1860

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… (more)

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (January 21, 2004)

Collection: Studies in Legal History

Page count: 592 pages

Language: English


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