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Though the heavens may fall : the landmark trial that led to the end of human slavery

Author: Steven M Wise
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Perhaps no trial changed the course of history as much as one that took place in London in 1772: the case of James Somerset, a black man rescued from a ship bound for the West Indies slave markets. At this landmark trial, two encompassing worldviews clashed in an event of passionate drama and far-reaching significance." "Now noted legal historian Steven M. Wise recreates each moment of the case that slave owners  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: James Sommersett; James Sommersett; William Murray of Mansfield; James Sommersett; James Sommersett; William Murray of Mansfield
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven M Wise
ISBN: 0738206954 9780738206950 0306814501 9780306814501
OCLC Number: 56913352
Notes: "A Merloyd Lawrence book."
Description: xvi, 282 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: From Africa to Westminster Hall --
Black slaves in England --
Granville Sharp meets Jonathan Strong --
Granville Sharp, abolitionist --
John Hylas : the test --
The next test : Thomas Lewis --
Lord Mansfield --
Lewis v. Stapylton begins --
Sharp fails, again --
A struggle for the body of James Somerset --
Lord Mansfield is deceived --
Upon what principle is it that a man can become a dog for another man? --
Fluorishing away on the side of liberty --
The death of the joint opinion --
All we can do is declare the law --
The Mansfield judgment --
Versions of the Mansfield judgment --
Ripples of liberty --
Second thoughts? --
The beginning of the end of human slavery.
Responsibility: Steven M. Wise.
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Brings to brilliant life the great case that started the downfall of slavery on both sides of the Atlantic. -Anthony Lewis, author of Gideon's Trumpet  Read more...

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