Slavery, freedom and the law in the Atlantic world : a brief history with documents / Sue Peabody and Keila Grinberg Peabody, Sue

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Peabody, Sue
Slaves - Legal status, laws, etc - America - History.; Slaves - Legal status, laws, etc - History.; Slaves - Legal status, laws, etc - America - History - Sources.
This book gives readers firsthand accounts of slaves' lawsuits for freedom during the rapidly changing periods of plantation slavery, national independence, and abolition. While some of the earliest texts included provide a legal background for sixteenth- to early seventeenth-century slavery, most documents concentrate on the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when the new United States, Haiti, and Latin American nations struggled for independence and attempted to define the emerging categories of citizenship, often linked to race. --pref.
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