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A Chesapeake Family and their Slaves: A Study in Historical Archaeology, Anne Elizabeth Yentsch


1 A Chesapeake Family and their Slaves: A Study in Historical Archaeology
Anne Elizabeth Yentsch
469 pages, 234 x 156mm, 58 line diagrams 40 half-tones 44 tables 18 maps, paperback, Cambridge University Press
Analyzing the material remains left by Maryland's colonists in the eighteenth century in conjunction with historical records and works of art, archaeologists have reconstructed the daily life of the aristocratic British Calvert family, whose head was governor of Maryland. In this large household people from different cultures interacted, and English and West African lifestyles merged. Using this fascinating case study, Anne Yentsch illustrates the way in which historical archaeology draws on different disciplines to interpret the past.

Reviews
Prize Winner
One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Books for 1995

Reviews
"For those scholars who have waited for a new kind of scholarship to emerge from the Chesapeake, it has made its first appearance in Yentsch's important book." Carter L. Hudgins

"The author successfully uses thick description to elucidate the natural, personal, and cultural aspects of everyday life in Annapolis....her African-American discourse productively frames the interpretation of this small but important site with ever-widening and meaningful circles of a community and its creole context." William and Mary Quarterly

"In an excellent example of the leading edge of American historical archaeology, Yentsch provides a richly detailed case study proving the value of an anthropological and archaeological approach to American Colonial history....Highly recommended." Choice

"This is an extremely rich and complex volume, and, as with the other titles in Cambridge's New Studies in Archaeology Series, it seeks to bring the results of archaeological inquiry to a broad inter-disciplinary audience....It is no less than an interpretive tour de force that will stimulate discussion and debate for many years....She admirably succeeds in presenting a detailed picture of life and culture at a particular time and place in the Chesapeake region that should be of interest to a wide range of scholars." John P. McCarthy, Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology

"What began as salvage archaeology has resulted in one of three or four most innovative and rewarding books written during the past quarter century about the colonial Chesapeake...The book subsumes its strictly archaeological findings into an ambitious historical ethnography. As its remarkably rich bibliography shows, the book draws on social and political historiography in addition to historical archaeology to provide a context for understanding a complex household of free and enslaved families in the first half of the eighteenth century...Besides the rich specific information for historians of the early Chesapeake, the book can be read for its generic lessons about anthropological perspectives on history, of which archaeology is only one strategy." Jack Crowley, The Journal of American History

Table of Contents
Foreword; Acknowledgements; Permissions; Preface
Part I. Starting Points: Region, Town and Site
1. Transforming space into place
2. Beginning the research
Part II. Ruling the Province
3. On behalf of his lordship
4. Governor Benedict Leonard Calvert
Part II. Big Features and Topological Dimensions
5. 'A house well built and with much strength'
6. Ordering nature: the Calvert orangery, garden and vista
Part IV. Mosaics Built From Little Artifacts
7. Touches of Chinese elegance: pottery and porcelain
8. Social distinctions in daily food
Part V. Building Black Identities
9. The face of urban slavery
10. West African women, food and cultural values
Part VI. Artifacts In Motion:
11. Putting meat on the bones
12. Hunting, fishing, and market trading
Part VII. Time Markers and Social History
13. Generations of change
14. Charisma and the symbolics of power
Part VIII. The Vitality Of Cultural Context
15. Archaeology as anthropological history
16. Archaeology, a topical discourse
Bibliography
Endnotes
Appendix
467308 
Price: 43.95 USD

 
Women's Slave Narratives, Annie L. Burton


2 Women's Slave Narratives
Annie L. Burton
176 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2, Dover Publications
Remarkable stories of courage and perseverance
For students of literature, history, and Afro-American studies
Voices from Slavery is one of Dover's top sellers
A compelling, authentic picture of women in slavery
This compilation assembles the moving testimony of five black women's tribulations in captivity. Covering a wide range of narrative styles, and the prevalent themes of the time, the voices comprising this collection are authentic evocations of hardship, frustration, and hope, giving readers an unflinching account of the black experience in slavery.
Republication of the Boston, 1909 edition.
445550 
Price: 6.95 USD

 
 
Twenty-two Years a Slave and Forty Years a Freeman, Austin Steward


3 Twenty-two Years a Slave and Forty Years a Freeman
Austin Steward
240 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2, Dover Publications
Born a slave in Virginia in 1793, Austin Steward was transported--a few years later--to upper New York State by his master and then freed in 1813. Steward's revealing autobiography describes what America was like for a former slave who lived most of his life as a freeman in the North: help from abolitionist groups, years as a successful merchant in the Rochester area, his aid to fugitive slaves, and his support of a small ex-slave community in Canada. A study of one man's attempt to overcome prejudice and to prepare other African-Americans for entrance into a predominantly white society, this book also served as a plea for reform and is invaluable for its descriptions of achievements among free blacks in pre-Civil War society. Unabridged republication of the edition published by Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Reading, Massachusetts, 1969. Revised introduction by William H. Pease and Jane H. Pease.
434494 
Price: 9.95 USD

 
Refugees from Slavery: Autobiographies of Fugitive Slaves in Canada, Benjamin Drew, editor


4 Refugees from Slavery: Autobiographies of Fugitive Slaves in Canada
Benjamin Drew, editor
304 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2, Dover Publications
A book with enormous influence on twentieth-century historians
A significant work in the abolitionist crusade
Essential for students of American history and African-American studies
In the mid-1850s, Boston abolitionist Benjamin Drew visited various Canadian towns, interviewing scores of refugees from Southern slave states and taking notes of what they had to say. For reasons of safety, he protected the identity of his informants and used fictitious names. Drew's book, which followed, was an immediate response to a volume by a Boston preacher who opposed abolition. The culmination of countless fugitive slave autobiographies that preceded it, Drew's soul-stirring account stressed the well-known abuses suffered by slaves, but also offered fresh insights into the workings of the plantation system and provided a valuable depiction of fugitive life in the North and in Canada. Unabridged republication of The Refugee: A North-side View of Slavery, published by Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Reading, Massachusetts, 1969, which was a reprint of the edition first published by Benjamin P. Jewett and Company, Canada, 1855. Revised introduction by Tilden G. Edelstein.
434486 
Price: 11.95 USD

 
 
Adventures of an African Slaver, Captain Theodore Canot


5 Adventures of an African Slaver
Captain Theodore Canot
464 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2, Dover Publications
Brimming with information on every aspect of the slave trade in the nineteenth century, this detailed account by a former captain of a slave ship accurately portrays the appalling machinery of commercial slavery. One of the few real, unexaggerated accounts of the slave trade by a participant, this volume contains the complete text of the author's original memoirs, gathered in 1954 from his journals, memoranda, and conversations. A slave trader for three decades, Captain Theodore Canot describes the economic structure of the African kingdoms; his extensive travels in the interior of Africa to round up slaves; illegal disembarkations in the West Indies, involving an elaborate system of bribes; transactions with wealthy African kings; the harems and "factories" maintained by the slavers; the treatment and discipline of black Africans on slave ships; the suppression of a slave revolt at sea; as well as tables of expenses and profits. Essential reading for students and teachers of African-American history, this book will also be of value to anyone interested in the long, ongoing struggle for civil rights. Unabridged republication of the work first published by D. Appleton & Co., New York, 1854.
425126 
Price: 14.95 USD

 

 

6 In Old Virginia: Slavery, Farming, and Society in the Journal of John Walker
Claudia L. Bushman
336 pages, 4 halftones and 7 line drawings, hardback, Johns Hopkins University Press
In 1824, John Walker purchased a 500-acre farm in King and Queen County, Virginia, and began working it with a dozen slaves. The son of a local politician and planter who grew tobacco, Walker lost status when he became a devout Methodist, raised wheat, and treated his slaves like brothers and sisters. He also kept a detailed and fascinating journal.
Drawing on this forty-three-year chronicle, Claudia L. Bushman provides a richly illuminating study, a microhistory that is rewarding to read. Walker sets aside most of the "Old South planter" stereotype. He sold wheat in Baltimore and Norfolk and invested in railroad stock, and yet he grew, spun, and wove cotton for clothing, tanned leather, and made shoes. He avoided lavish creature comforts in favor of purchasing the latest farm equipment. So far from losing out to soil exhaustion, he experimented with improved farming methods, nourished his land, and kept his yields high.
Walker's journal describes the legal cases he tenaciously pursued, records devotion to the local Methodist church, and explains his practice of Thomsonian medicine on slaves and family members alike. He provides insight into women's work and lays out the drama of blacks and whites living in close intimacy and constant fear. Walker humbly referred to himself as "a poor illiterate worm," but his diary dramatically captures the life of a small planter in antebellum Virginia.

About Author
Claudia L. Bushman teaches history and American studies at Columbia University. She is the author and editor of seven books, including Mormon Sisters: Women in Early Utah; America Discovers Columbus: How an Italian Explorer Became an American Hero; and "A Good Poor Man's Wife," Being a Chronicle of Harriet Hanson Robinson and Her Family in Nineteenth-Century New England.

Reviews
"Claudia L. Bushman tells Walker's life story with verve and sympathy, tempered by evident distaste for the arbitrary power of the patriarch-slaveholder. Perhaps the author's most impressive accomplishment is reducing the journal entries of over forty years to a balanced and lucid account of Walker's life."--Robert McColley, American Historical Review

"This very readable book will surely become a 'must read' in agricultural history surveys both for the information it conveys and the questions it raises."--Connie L. Lester, Agricultural History

"In Old Virginia is microhistory at its best—illuminating, relevant, and highly readable. Bushman paints a vivid portrait of agrarian life in the Old South . . . [Her] monograph deserves a wide and attentive audience."--Michael R. McCarthy, History

"Bushman skillfully mines this rich vein of material to uncover a vivid portrait of antebellum farm life."--Choice

"A valuable edition on agricultural practices; at the same time, it explores aspects of rural culture that have not been the subject of sufficient study . . . Claudia Bushman meticulously teases out a great deal about the roles of slaves and women, ideas about health, agricultural innovation, and community structure."--Ellen Eslinger, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

"Readers will appreciate and enjoy Bushman's ingenuity and skill in crafting her study of antebellum Virginia. By comparing Walker's life and circumstances with those of his family, neighbors, and others, the author reveals important and ever-evolving social changes in southern society."--Jeremy Boggs, North Carolina Historical Review

"Bushman's detailed summaries of Walker's journal are filled with revealing details of day-to-day life in this small corner of rural Virginia."--John T. Schlotterbeck, Journal of the Early Republic

"A close and careful analysis . . . Walker's diary is an invaluable source for understanding the culture of antebellum Virginia and how one of the region's large grain growers adjusted to rising and falling crop prices, personal and family crises, and the Civil War . . . A uniquely lay-centered interpretation of the [Methodist] movement."--John Fea, Religious Studies Review

"Gives us a sense of both an earnest, if only moderately successful, small planter in antebellum Virginia and a region in the midst of relative decline."--Peter A. Coclanis, Journal of American History

"A compelling story."--G. Terry Sharrer, Journal of Southern History

"I found this book full of fascinating family and community history . . . Her research seemed quite thorough."--Sarah L. Walker, King & Queen Historical Society

"Drawing on the extraordinary collection of Walker's manuscript farm journals, this book imparts a strong sense of what life was like for this farmer and his family. Topics include husbandry, weather, local politics, work, domestic economy, religion and community, relations with neighbors and slaves, health and medical practices, and the property and land-use history of individual farms. Bushman's scholarship is sound and her writing is clear. Rich in charming detail, In Old Virginia will be a valuable resource for social historians of slavery and rural society."--David F. Allmendinger, Jr., University of Delaware
867258 
Price: 46.00 USD

 
 
History of the Underground Railroad as it Was Conducted by the Anti-Slavery League, Including Many Thrilling Encounters Between Those Aiding the Slaves to Escape and Those Trying to Recapture Them, Col. William M. Cockrum


7 History of the Underground Railroad as it Was Conducted by the Anti-Slavery League, Including Many Thrilling Encounters Between Those Aiding the Slaves to Escape and Those Trying to Recapture Them
Col. William M. Cockrum
(1915), 2005, 5½x8½, paper, index, 356 pp, Heritage Books
The Underground Railroad was instrumental in facilitating the escape of 500-1,000 blacks per year from the South to Canada. Many left from various points in Kentucky and crossed Indiana and Michigan en route to freedom. This work is primarily concerned with the traffic through Indiana, and the exciting events it engendered. It includes a map showing the routes used, and photos of some of the activists in the Anti-Slavery League. The author also wrote the Pioneer History of Indiana.
C0391 
Price: 24.50 USD

 
Maroon Societies: Rebel Slave Communities in the Americas [third edition], edited, with a new preface, by Richard Price


8 Maroon Societies: Rebel Slave Communities in the Americas [third edition]
edited, with a new preface, by Richard Price
445 pages, paperback, Johns Hopkins University Press
Now in its twenty-fifth anniversary edition, Maroon Societies is a systematic study of the communities formed by escaped slaves in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States. These societies ranged from small bands that survived less than a year to powerful states encompassing thousands of members and surviving for generations and even centuries. The volume includes eyewitness accounts written by escaped slaves and their pursuers, as well as modern historical and anthropological studies of the maroon experience.

About Author
Richard Price divides his time between rural Martinique and the College of William and Mary, where he is Dittman Professor of American Studies and Professor of Anthropology and History. His many books include First-Time, winner of the Elsie Clews Parsons Prize of the American Folklore Society, Stedman's Surinam (with Sally Price), and Alabi's World, recipient of the American Historical Association's Albert J. Beveridge Award and the Gordon K. Lewis Memorial Award for Caribbean Scholarshipall three available as Johns Hopkins paperbacks.

Reviews
"A splendid anthology, skillfully edited and introduced . . . an excellent book."--Eugene D. Genovese

"Price breaks new ground in the study of slave resistance in his 'hemispheric' view of Maroon societies."--Journal of Ethnic Studies

" This book should be widely used in courses dealing with AfroAmerican problems. It can be added to the growing literature on slave revolts as a corrective to the commonly accepted view of slave submissiveness and apathy."--Manchester Guardian
854962 
Price: 20.95 USD

 
 
Slave Songs of the United States, Editor: William Francis Allen, Charles Pickard Ware, Lucy McKim Garrison


9 Slave Songs of the United States
Editor: William Francis Allen, Charles Pickard Ware, Lucy McKim Garrison
176 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2, Dover Publications
This 1867 landmark book represents the first systematic effort to collect and preserve the songs sung by the plantation slaves of the Old South. Most of the 130 songs, arranged by geographic area, were recorded directly from the singers themselves. Includes the melody line and all known verses to each song, directions for singing, and a commentary on each.
285731 
Price: 8.95 USD

 

 

10 Slaves in the Family
Edward Ball
544 pages, paperback, Ballantine Books / Random House
Edward Ball, descendant of a seventeenth-century plantation owner in Charleston, South Carolina, chronicles the lives of the people who lived in his ancestors' lands: the African slaves, mulatto children, and his own white landowning relatives. This is the story of black and white families living side by side through three hundred years. As Ball searches out descendants of the slaves his family owned, he confronts his own fears and prejudices about slavery and his family.
431059 
Price: 17.95 USD

 
 

 

11 Register of Free Negroes and of Dower Slaves, Brunswick County, Virginia, 1803-1850
Frances Holloway Wynne
1983, 6x9, cloth, x+219 pp, Heritage Books
During the colonial period of virginia, free Negroes had to register with the county of residence or run the risk of being apprehended and sold as slaves. This is a verbatim transcript showing name, age, distinguishing marks, free birth or emancipation (and by whom), and date. A few show previous residencies and occupation. Although the practice ceased in 1865, no registrations have been found in Brunswick County for the period 1850-1865. Map of area showing contiguous counties and dates of formation. Abstract of free blacks from federal censuses for 1830 and 1840. Justices of the Peace are listed by years of office.
W3608 
Price: 25.00 USD

 
Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb: An American Slave, Henry Bibb, Lucius Matlack


12 Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb: An American Slave
Henry Bibb, Lucius Matlack
160 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2, Dover Publications
First published in 1849 and long unavailable, this remarkable narrative records the life of a former slave who, in 1825, at the age of ten, made his first attempt to escape from slavery. Eventually successful in gaining his freedom, he received an abbreviated education and joined the antislavery movement. Henry Bibb's compelling autobiography describes slave folkways in detail, tells of desperate efforts to recover his wife and child, and presents a touching self-portrait of a man caught between a slave past and a free future.
Unabridged republication of Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, originally published by the author, New York, 1850.

Reviews
"Invaluable to students and scholars of the . . . African-American literary tradition."--Author Christopher De Santis
"Compelling narrative of escape and recapture, of love and renunciation."--Editor William L. Andrews
44127X 
Price: 6.95 USD

 
 
District of Columbia Runaway and Fugitive Slave Cases, 1848-1863, Jerry M. Hynson


13 District of Columbia Runaway and Fugitive Slave Cases, 1848-1863
Jerry M. Hynson
1999, 5½x8½, paper, index, vi+139 pp, Heritage Books
The author is the 2002 James Dent Walker Award Winner. District of Columbia Department of Corrections Runaway Slave Book 1848-1863 and United States District Court for the District of Columbia Fugitive Slave Cases 1862-1863. The enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 created these records in the jurisdiction of the District of Columbia. Entries for the section on the Department of Correction records give name of slave, date committed and under whose orders; also date of release and to whom they were released. U.S. District Court records are sworn warrants of arrest and give name and residence of those bringing charges and the name of those they seek.
H0069 
Price: 14.50 USD

 

 

14 The Kidnapped and the Ransomed: The Narrative of Peter and Vina Still after Forty Years of Slavery
Kate E. R. Pickard Introduction by Rev. Samuel J. May With an essay on Jews in the antislavery movement by Maxwell Whiteman
409 pages, Illus., paperback, University of Nebraska Press
"Mrs. Pickard's ability to turn Peter Still's life into a narrative that faithfully reflected the miseries and the horrors of plantation slavery places it among the outstanding accounts of slave life."-Maxwell Whiteman, in his introductory essay.
Originally published in 1856, The Kidnapped and the Ransomed is the personal recollection of Peter Still, a black slave. He was stolen as a child from his home in New Jersey, yoked to servitude for more than forty years in Kentucky and Alabama, and finally freed with the help of a pair of Jewish brothers. It is the only nineteenth-century slave narrative to show the participation of the Jews in the antislavery movement before the Civil War.
The reader follows Still through a succession of brutal masters, a clandestine courtship, marriage involving separation, births and deaths, the formation of a daring plan for freedom, and harrowing action. No stage drama could be as wrenching as this true rendering of a slave's experience in America. Kate E. R. Pickard was in contact with Still while she taught at the Female Seminary in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

About Author
Maxwell Whiteman was the archival and historical consultant for the Union League of Philadelphia and coauthor, with Edwin Wolf II, of The History of the Jews of Philadelphia from Colonial Times to the Age of Jackson. The original introduction by Rev. Samuel J. May, an abolitionist, has been retained.

Introducing this Bison Books edition is Nancy L. Grant, a professor of history at Washington University, St. Louis, and author of TVA and Black Americans: Planning for the Status Quo.
292333 
Price: 15.00 USD

 
 
When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection, Norman R. Yetman


15 When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection
Norman R. Yetman
157 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/4, Dover Publications
More than 2,000 interviews with former slaves, who, in blunt, simple language, provide often-startling first-person accounts of their lives in bondage. Includes some of the most detailed, compelling, and engrossing life histories in the Slave Narrative Collection, a project funded by the U.S. Government. An illuminating source of information that not only tells about life in the South before, during, and after the Civil War but also preserves the opinions and perspectives of those who were enslaved.
420701 
Price: 2.50 USD

 
1850 Fairfax County and Loudoun County, Virginia, Slave Schedule, Patricia B. Duncan


16 1850 Fairfax County and Loudoun County, Virginia, Slave Schedule
Patricia B. Duncan
2003, 5½x8½, paper, index, 103 pp , Heritage Books
These records were transcribed from National Archives microfilms of the Fairfax County, Virginia, and Loudoun County, Virginia, Population Schedules of the Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, Second Series, Slave Population. Each page contains two columns of entries which contain some or all of the following information: Names of slave owners, page number, number of slave, age, sex, color, fugitive from the state, number manumitted, deaf & dumb, blind, insane or idiotic. A full name index gives ready access to all of the names.
D0820 
Price: 18.00 USD

 
 
1850 Fauquier County, Virginia, Slave Schedule, Patricia B. Duncan


17 1850 Fauquier County, Virginia, Slave Schedule
Patricia B. Duncan
2003, index, 138 pp, Heritage Books
These records were transcribed from National Archives microfilms of the Fauquier County, Virginia, Population Schedules of the Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, Second Series, Slave Population. Each page contains two columns of entries which contain some or all of the following information: Names of slave owners, page number, number of slave, age, sex, color, fugitive from the state, number manumitted, deaf & dumb, blind, insane or idiotic. A full name index gives ready access to all of the names.
D0819 
Price: 18.50 USD

 

 

18 1860 Loudoun County, Virginia, Slave Schedule
Patricia B. Duncan
2003, 5½x8½, paper, index, 166 pp, Heritage Books
These records were transcribed from the Loudoun County, Virginia Population Schedules of the Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, Slave Population. Each page contains six columns of entries which contain some or all of the following information: Names of slave owners, page number, number of slave, age, gender, color, fugitive from the state, number manumitted, deaf & dumb, insane or idiotic. A full name index gives ready access to all of the names.
D0866 
Price: 20.00 USD

 
 
Cash For Blood: The Baltimore to New Orleans Domestic Slave Trade, Ralph Clayton


19 Cash For Blood: The Baltimore to New Orleans Domestic Slave Trade
Ralph Clayton
(2002), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 704 pp, Heritage Books
The demand for slave labor increased dramatically in the first decade of the 19th century due to the invention of the cotton gin and the consequent expansion of cotton plantations in the South. In 1808 it became illegal to import slaves from Africa, however Maryland and Virginia were experiencing a “superabundance” of slaves at this time and slave owners were faced with the options of renting, freeing, or selling their excess labor. Freed slaves gravitated to large cities, and by 1810, Baltimore, MD, had the largest free African American population anywhere in the US. Baltimore was also a major center for the sale of slaves between 1800-1860. “Thousands of families and individuals were shipped from the city on their ‘final passage’ and almost certain separation in the South. The market was vast, the players plentiful, and the victims plenteous. This is their story.” Chapters include: Auctions of Slaves; Agencies and Intelligence Offices; Dockside Sales; Hotels, Taverns and Inns; Children as Victims of the Trade; Baltimore’s Early Coastwise Domestic Slave Trade; The Baltimore/Alexandria Market; Baltimore’s Major Slave Traders (Austin Woolfolk-Early King of the Trade, Austin Woolfolk’s Rise to Supremacy, A Chronology of Austin Woolfolk’s New Orleans Trade); Hope Hull Slatter, Heir to the Throne (The Pearl, A Chronology of Hope Hull Slatter’s New Orleans Trade); Other Local Traders (Joseph S. Donovan, A Chronology a Joseph S. Donovan’s New Orleans Trade, James Franklin Purvis, John N. Denning, Jonathan Means Wilson, Bernard Moore Campbell, A Chronology of Bernard Moore Campbell’s New Orleans Trade ); and Baltimore’s Banner Years 1840-1849. An Index to Inward Bound Slave Manifests into the Port of New Orleans from Baltimore and Other Maryland Ports, an Index to Vessels Transporting Slaves, plus appendices detailing The Largest New Orleans Shipments and The Wharves and Docks of Baltimore.
C2235 
Price: 48.50 USD

 
The Most Dangerous Branch: Slavery, the Courts and the Constitution, Randall C. Young


20 The Most Dangerous Branch: Slavery, the Courts and the Constitution
Randall C. Young
2005, 5½x8½, paper, index, 362 pp, Heritage Books
A comprehensive history of the Federal jurisprudence of slavery, The Most Dangerous Branch offers a unique perspective on slavery as an American institution. This thorough review of all-but-forgotten pleas for freedom will challenge many popularly held beliefs about American history, including the meaning of the Constitution, the South's purported quest for states' rights, and the limits of modern judicial authority. It will also change how many people feel about the role of judges in our society. The early chapters of the book explain how the Founding Fathers wrestled with the idea of slavery as they drafted the Constitution. The Fugitive Slave Clause, the Commerce Clause, the Privileges and Immunities Clause and other provisions created Constitutional questions regarding slavery. The balance of the book presents and evaluates many forgotten legal cases pertaining to slavery. It also examines the impact of infamous cases such as the Dred Scott Decision and the Amistad. Knowing that a case would be decided differently today indicates the role that perception and prejudice play in the courts. This fluid and orderly narrative brings into focus the influence of slavery in the history of our legal system.
Y3226 
Price: 34.00 USD

 
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