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Before Dred Scott : slavery and legal culture in the American Confluence, 1787-1857 / Anne Twitty, University of Mississippi.

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis ISLI 326 T974b (Text) 00000106633050 Indiana book Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781107112063
  • ISBN: 1107112060
  • Physical Description: xiii, 285 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016.

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General Note:
Based on the author's thesis (doctoral, Princeton University, 2010) issued under title: Slavery and freedom in the American Confluence, from the Northwest Ordinance to Dred Scott.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
A radical indeterminacy of status -- "With the ease of a veteran litigant" -- "By the help of God and a good lawyer" -- Slavery from liberty to equality -- "Working his emancipation" -- Exploiting the uncertainties of federalism -- Remembering slavery and freedom in the American Confluence.
Summary, etc.:
" ... Draws on the freedom suits filed in the St. Louis circuit court to construct a ground-breaking history of slavery and legal culture within the American Confluence, a vast region where the Ohio,, Mississippi, and the Missouri rivers converge. Formally divided between slave and free territories and states, the American Confluence was nevertheless a site where the borders between slavery and freedom, like the borders within the region itself, were fluid. Such ambiguity produced a radical indeterminacy of status, which, in turn, gave rise to a distinctive legal culture made manifest by the prosecution of hundreds of freedom suits, including the case that ultimately culminated in the landmark United States Supreme Court decision in Scott v. Sandford (1847)."--Page [i].
Subject: Missouri. Circuit Court (22nd Circuit) > History > 19th century.
Slaves > Legal status, laws, etc. > Missouri > History > 19th century.
Slavery > Law and legislation > Missouri > History > 19th century.
Slaves > Emancipation > Missouri > History > 19th century.

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