The Southern Debate Over Slavery: Petitions to Southern county courts, 1775-1867

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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.


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Page 371 - That certain general laws of the State of Arkansas in force at the close of the session of the general assembly of that State of eighteen hundred and eighty-three, as published in eighteen hundred and eighty-four in the volume known as Mansfield's Digest...

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Loren Schweninger is the Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and is editor of The Southern Debate over Slavery: Volume 1, Petitions to Southern Legislatures, 1778-1864.

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