Taking former masters to court: civil cases between former masters and slaves in the US south, 1865-1899

Milewski, Melissa (2019) Taking former masters to court: civil cases between former masters and slaves in the US south, 1865-1899. Slavery and Abolition, 40 (2). pp. 240-255. ISSN 0144-039X

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Abstract

This essay analyses the trial records of civil cases between former slaves and their former slaveholders between 1865 and 1899 to consider the different, often competing, ways in which these parties portrayed the antebellum and postbellum worlds. In courtrooms around the post-war South, former slaves and former masters wove diverging narratives about slavery, capitalism and labor, family and authority, and sexual violence. Litigants sought to leverage these tales and their interlinked histories to win legal disputes against each other, while also working to advance their own visions of the post-war world.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: slavery, emancipation, US South, African American, civil case, courts, justice
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: E History America
E History America > E151 United States (General) > E0300 Revolution to the Civil War, 1775/1783-1861
E History America > E151 United States (General) > E0456 Civil War period, 1861-1865
E History America > E151 United States (General) > E0660 Late nineteenth century, 1865-1900
E History America > E151 United States (General)
F History United States, Canada, Latin America
K Law > KF Law of the United States
K Law > KF Law of the United States
Depositing User: Melissa Milewski
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2019 11:50
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 14:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/81837

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