Double Character

Double Character

Number of page: 263
Author: Ariela J. Gross
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
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Category: History

This groundbreaking study of the law and culture of slavery in the antebellum Deep South takes readers into local courtrooms where people settled their civil disputes over property. Buyers sued sellers for breach of warranty when they considered slaves to be physically or morally defective; owners sued supervisors who whipped or neglected slaves under their care. How, asks Ariela J. Gross, did communities reconcile the dilemmas such trials raised concerning the character of slaves and masters
Although slaves could not testify in court, their character was unavoidably at issue–and so their moral agency intruded into the courtroom. In addition, says Gross,

About The Author

Ariela J. Gross is a professor of law and history at the University of Southern California, where she is also codirector of the Center for Law, History, and Culture.