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The Bondsman's Burden: An Economic Analysis of the Common Law of Southern Slavery / Edition 1

The Bondsman's Burden: An Economic Analysis of the Common Law of Southern Slavery / Edition 1

by Jenny Bourne Wahl
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Were slaves property or human beings under the law? Antebellum Southern judges designed efficient laws that protected property rights and helped slavery remain economically viable, laws that sheltered the persons embodied by that property-the slaves themselves. Unintentionally, these judges generated rules applicable to ordinary Americans. Wahl provides a rigorous, compelling economic analysis of the common law of Southern slavery, inspecting thousands of legal disputes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521521383
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/22/2002
Series: Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society
Edition description: First Paperback Edition
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.65(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

1. American slavery and the path of the law; 2. The law of sales: slaves, animals, and commodities; 3. The law of hiring and employment: slaves, animals, and free persons; 4. The law regarding common carriers: slaves, animals, commodities, and free persons; 5. The law regarding governments, government officials, slave patrollers, and overseers: protecting private property versus keeping public peace; 6. The legal rights and responsibilities of strangers toward slaves, animals, and free persons; 7. Treatment of one's slaves, servants, animals, and relatives: legal boundaries and the problem of social cost; 8. The south's law of slavery: reflecting the felt necessities of the time.

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