Slavery, Freedom, and the Law in the Atlantic World: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

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In the Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English empires in the Americas, individuals and groups turbaned to courts of law to define and implement various types of status for indigenous Americans, forcibly imported Africans, and colonizing Europeans—and their progeny. Peabody and Grinberg introduce the voices of slaves, slave-holders, jurists, legislators, and others, as they struggle to critique, overturban, justify, or simply describe the social order in which they are embedded.

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"Among the volume's strengths, apart from its sweeping geographical, cultural, and chronological scope, is its emphasis on slavery as a system of negotiation involving a complex process of bargaining and accommodation. In line with the most recent scholarship, the authors do a very effective job of portraying the enslaved as actors, rather than simply as passive victims, without minimizing the importance of their allies in the struggle against slavery. The authors also do a very effective job of discussing the intricate connections between slavery and the evolution of racial attitudes. ... This is a serious work of scholarship that is clearly written."—Steven Mintz, University of Houston

"The authors do a first-rate job in carrying out [their] ambitious agenda. In almost every case, they have selected the essential legal documents regarding the establishment of, challenges to, and eventual destruction of Atlantic slavery. Their editing and interpretation of the documents is exemplary, reflecting a firm grasp of the complexities of the subject, and a thorough knowledge of an extensive historical literature. What ismore, their authorial style and pace should be inviting to student readers. ... In short, this is a well-crafted book that will engage readers in learning more about the people and forces that shaped Atlantic slave societies."—T. Stephen Whitman, Mount St. Mary's University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312411763
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 3/22/2007
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 936,004
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Peabody is Associate Professor of History at Washington State University, Vancouver. She has published widely, and has won awards for her teaching of undergraduates. Keila Grinberg is Assistant Professor of History at the Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, and Director of the History Department at the Universidade Candido Mendes. She is an expert on slavery, civil law, and citizenship in Brazil, subjects on which she has published and presented many papers in the United States, Brazil, and elsewhere.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction: Slavery, Freedom, and the Law
• Part II: The Documents

• The French Atlantic and the Haitian Revolution * England, British Colonies and the United States
• Spain and Its American Colonies
• Portugal and Brazil
• Epilogue

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