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Tyrannicide : Forging an American Law of Slavery in Revolutionary South Carolina and Massachusetts

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<p><i>Tyrannicide</i> uses a captivating narrative to unpack the experiences of slavery and slave law in South Carolina and Massachusetts during the Revolutionary Era. In 1779, during the midst of the American Revolution, thirty-four South Carolina slaves escaped aboard a British privateer and survived several naval battles until the Massachusetts brig <i>Tyrannicide</i> led them to Massachusetts. Over the next four years, the slaves became the center of a legal dispute between the two states. The case affected slave law and highlighted the profound differences between how the “terrible institution” was practiced in the North and the South, in ways that would foreground issues eventually leading to the Civil War.</p><p>Emily Blanck uses the <i>Tyrannicide</i> affair and the slaves involved as a lens through which to view contrasting slaveholding cultures and ideas of African American democracy. Blanck’s examination of the debate analyzes crucial questions: How could the colonies unify when they viewed one of America’s foundational institutions in fundamentally different ways? How would fugitive slaves be handled legally and ethically? Blanck shows how the legal and political battles that resulted from the affair reveal much about revolutionary ideals and states’ rights at a time when notions of the New Republic—and philosophies about the unity of American states—were being created.</p>
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 240 p. ;
Genre: History, Political Science, Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement
Sub-Genre: United States, Human Rights, Legal History
Series Title: Studies in the Legal History of the South Ser.
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr
Book theme: Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Author: Emily Blanck
Language: English
Street Date: March 15, 2018
TCIN: 53505354
UPC: 9780820353883
Item Number (DPCI): 248-75-0700
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