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Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860

This online collection, containing approximately 105 documents, raises a miniature magnifying glass into a corridor of Americas past and discloses the experiences of African and African American slaves in America, with a few cases involving Great Britain. The documents, which were taken primarily from the Law Library and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, consists of "trials and cases, reports, arguments, accounts, examinations of cases and decisions, proceedings, journals, a letter, and other works of historical importance" dating mostly from the nineteenth century. Notable entries include the Boston Slave Riot, and Trial of Anthony Burns; A Brief Sketch of the Trial of William Lloyd Garrison; The Case of Dred Scott in the United States Supreme Court; and the Trial of John Brown. Viewers can search the collection by keyword, or browse by subject, author, or title index.
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