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Neither fugitive nor free : Atlantic slavery, freedom suits, and the legal culture of travel

Author: Edlie L Wong
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2009.
Series: America and the long 19th century.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Studies lawsuits to gain freedom for slaves on the grounds of their having traveled to free territory, starting with Somerset v. Stewart (England, 1772), Commonwealth v. Aves (Massachusetts, 1836), Dred Scott v. Sanford, and cases brought questioning the legitimacy of Negro Seamen Acts in the antebellum coastal South. These lawsuits and accounts of them are compared to fugitive slave narratives to shed light on  Read more...
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Wong, Edlie L.
Neither fugitive nor free.
New York : New York University Press, ©2009
(OCoLC)811473270
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edlie L Wong
ISBN: 9780814794555 0814794556 9780814794562 0814794564 9780814794654 0814794653
OCLC Number: 290414762
Description: viii, 337 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: traveling slaves and the geopolitics of freedom --
Emancipation after "the Laws of Englishmen" --
Choosing kin in antislavery literature and law --
Gender of freedom before Dred Scott --
Crime of color in the Negro Seaman Acts --
Conclusion: fictions of free travel.
Series Title: America and the long 19th century.
Responsibility: Edlie L. Wong.
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Freedom suits involved those enslaved valets, nurses, and maids who accompanied slaveholders onto free soil. This book draws on the freedom suit as recorded in the press and court documents to offer  Read more...

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