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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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

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Jenny Bourne WahlSaint Olaf College, Minnesota

ISBN13: 9780521592383
ISBN: 0521592380
Published: February 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £88.00

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Were slaves property or human beings under the law? In crafting answers to this question, Southern judges designed efficient laws that protected property rights and helped slavery remain economically viable. But, by preserving property rights, they sheltered the persons embodied by that property - the slaves themselves. Slave law therefore had unintended consequences: it generated rules that judges could apply to free persons, precedents that became the foundation for laws designed to protect ordinary Americans. The Bondsman's Burden provides a rigorous and compelling economic analysis of the common law of Southern slavery, inspecting thousands of legal disputes heard in Southern antebellum courts, disputes involving servants, employees, accident victims, animals, and other chattel property, as well as slaves. The common law, although it supported the institution of slavery, did not favor every individual slave owner who brought a grievance to court.

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Other Jurisdictions , USA
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.