The Southern Debate Over Slavery: Petitions to Southern county courts, 1775-1867
Loren Schweninger, Marguerite Ross Howell, Nicole Marcon Mazgaj
University of Illinois Press, 2001 - Social Science - 397 pages
An incomparably rich source of period information, the second volume of The Southern Debate over Slavery offers a representative and extraordinary sampling of the thousands of petitions about issues of race and slavery that southerners submitted to county courts between the American Revolution and Civil War. These petitions, filed by slaveholders and nonslaveholders, slaves and free blacks, women and men, abolitionists and staunch defenders of slavery, constitute a uniquely important primary source. The collection records with great immediacy and minute detail the dynamics and legal restrictions that shaped southern society.