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Homicide justified : the legality of killing slaves in the United States and the Atlantic world

Author: Andrew Fede
Publisher: Athens, Georgia : The University of Georgia Press, [2017]
Series: Southern legal studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This comparative study looks at the laws concerning the murder of slaves by their masters and at how these laws were implemented. [The author] cites a wide range of cases--across time, place, and circumstance--to illuminate legal, judicial, and other complexities surrounding this regrettably common occurrence. These laws had evolved to limit in different ways the masters' rights to severely punish and even kill  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Fede
ISBN: 9780820351124 0820351121
OCLC Number: 960033753
Description: xiii, 343 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : a murder trial and the comparative law of slave killing --
Ancient approaches to the law of homicide and slave killing --
The visigoth, Spanish, Portuguese, and French laws on slave killing --
Creating a British colonial law of slave killing --
Decriminalization to amelioration on Britain's Atlantic Island colonies --
Slave killing law in Britain's Northern American colonies and the border states --
Slave killing in Britain's Southern mainland colonies --
Slave homicide reform in Virginia --
Slave homicide reform in North Carolina and the common law of slavery --
Slave homicide reform in Georgia and Tennessee --
South Carolina joins the homicide law reform trend --
The antebellum states' law on slave homicide --
Conclusion : breaking out of the box of slavery law.
Series Title: Southern legal studies.
Responsibility: Andrew T. Fede.

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Examines the laws concerning the murder of slaves by their masters and at how these laws were implemented. Andrew T. Fede cites a wide range of cases - across time, place, and circumstance - to  Read more...

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Homicide Justified gives us a comprehensive examination of the law of slave homicide from ancient times to the abolition of slavery in the United States.--Mary R. Block "Civil War Book Review "

 
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