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"This collection brings together a essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world: every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, all reported state and federal cases on slavery, every English-language legal commentary on slavery published before 1920, and all Congressional debates from the Continental Congress to 1880. . We have provided more than a thousand pamphlets and books on slavery from the 19th century. We have also included many modern histories of slavery. Within this library is a section containing all modern law review articles on the subject.
Statutes are laws made by legislative bodies and distinguished from case law which is decided by courts, and regulations issued by government agencies. Statutory laws are made at both the both the state and the Federal levels and are put into practice differently depending on how the executive enacts the laws and the judiciary interprets them.
While laws pertaining to the particulars of slavery were left to the states, federal law governed many issues relating to the international slave trade, the status of slavery across state boundaries (the Fugitive Slave Laws, for example), and the status of slavery in teritories.
These volumes, published in 1862, contain brief abstracts of many hundreds of state laws passed by general assemblies on the subject of race and slavery in the United States. It serves as a guide for tracking down laws when one doesn't have a particular citation.
Compilation of state and federal cases pertaining to slavery, as drawn from colonial records, state and federal reporters and other sources. This source includes many cases that are not readily available anywhere else.
Contains over a hundred pamphlets and books concerning the experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States. The documents comprise an assortment of trials and cases, reports, arguments, accounts, examinations of cases and decisions, proceedings, and other works of historical importance.
All extant relevant legislative petitions and a selected group of county court petitions from the slaveholding states and the District of Columbia, during the period from the American Revolution through the Civil War. Topics include information on slaves as property, interracial mixing, divorce, free blacks, more.
Transcripts of discussion in Congress. Run a search and then limit by date and to comments to find comments in Congress relating to topics in which you are interested or to follow debates chronologically.
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration, later renamed Work Projects Administration (WPA).
1891 edition. Full title is " A dictionary of law : containing definitions of the terms and phrases of American and English jurisprudence, ancient and modern; including the principal terms of international, constitutional, and commercial law : with a collection of legal maxims and numerous select titles from the civil law and other foreign systems."