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Black litigants in the antebellum American South / Kimberly M. Welch.

Author/creator Welch, Kimberly M. author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2018]
Descriptionpages cm.
Series The John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture
John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture. ^A413403
Abstract "This work explores free and enslaved African Americans' involvement in a broad range of civil actions in the Natchez district of Mississippi and Louisiana between 1800 and 1860. Though the antebellum southern courts have long been understood as institutions supporting the class interests and the racial ideologies of the planter and merchant elite, Kimberly Welch shows how black litigants found ways to advocate for themselves even within a racist system. To understand their success, Welch argues that we must understand the language that they used--the language of property, in particular. Because private property and slavery were fundamentally linked in the minds of slave owners, the term 'property' contained a group of metaphors that underwrote a set of white, male claims about autonomy, membership, citizenship, and personhood"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2017026939
ISBN9781469636436 (cloth ; alk. paper)
ISBN1469636433 (cloth ; alk. paper)
ISBN9781469636443 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
ISBN1469636441 (pbk. ; alk. paper)

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