Bonds of empire : the English origins of slave law in South Carolina and British plantation America, 1660-1783 / Lee B. Wilson, Clemson University.

Bonds of Empire presents an account of slave law that is entirely new: one in which English law imbued plantation slavery with its staying power even as it insulated slave owners from contemplating the moral implications of owning human beings. Emphasizing practice rather than proscription, the book...

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Online Access: Full Text (via Cambridge)
Main Author: Wilson, Lee B. (Author)
Format: Electronic eBook
Language:English
Published: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2021.
Series:Cambridge historical studies in American law and society.
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Summary:Bonds of Empire presents an account of slave law that is entirely new: one in which English law imbued plantation slavery with its staying power even as it insulated slave owners from contemplating the moral implications of owning human beings. Emphasizing practice rather than proscription, the book follows South Carolina colonists as they used English law to maximize the value of the people they treated as property. Doing so reveals that most daily legal practices surrounding slave ownership were derived from English law: colonists categorized enslaved people as property using English legal terms, they bought and sold them with printed English legal forms, and they followed English legal procedures as they litigated over enslaved people in court. Bonds of Empire ultimately shows that plantation slavery and the laws that governed it were not beyond the pale of English imperial legal history; they were yet another invidious manifestation of English law's protean potential.
Item Description:Based on author's thesis (doctoral -University of Virginia, 2014) issued under title: Masters of law : English legal culture and the law of slavery in colonial South Carolina and the British Atlantic world, 1669-1783.
Physical Description:1 online resource (xiv, 274 pages).
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9781108861762
1108861768
9781108852494
1108852491
DOI:10.1017/9781108861762