1775 - 1867

Slavery and the Law features petitions on race, slavery, and free blacks that were submitted to state legislatures and county courthouses between 1775 and 1867. These petitions were collected by Loren Schweninger over a four-year period from hundreds of courthouses and historical societies in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Also included are State Slavery Statutes, a master record of the laws governing American slavery, covering 1789–1865. Materials in the collection cover virtually every aspect of the regulation of Blacks of the period.

Materials Indexed: Government Documents, Legal Literature Database Type: Full Text Collection Interface Language: English Materials Language: English Subject: African American Studies, Black Studies, History (U.S.), Primary Sources Broad Category: Humanities, Social Sciences