Week 5 - Week 5 Tuesday 2:11 PM Week 5 Slavery and...

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Week 5 Tuesday, March 18, 2008 2:11 PM Week 5: Slavery and Property (February 18)  I. State v. Mann (Supreme Court of North Carolina, 1829)  - Facts: The defendant was indicted for an assault and battery on his slave Lydia  and cited that this         treatment was consistent with the relationship between a  master and a slave like one between parents and children, masters and  apprentices, and tutors and scholars - Issue: Whether the cruel and unreasonable battery of a slave by a master is  indictable - Decision: The power of the master must be absolute and the slave must be  submissive based on the end of slavery: the profit of the master, his security, and  the public safety  * Therefore, judges should recognize the “full dominion of the owner over the  slave” since it is essential to the value of slaves as property     The case is relevant to the class and to the week’s topic because it recognizes that  the relationship between master and slave is based solely upon the absolute dominion of  master over slave in the form of property rights   II. Worley v. State (Supreme Court of Tennessee, 1850)  - Facts: Gabriel Worley feloniously, unlawfully, maliciously, and of his malice  aforethought, struck and castrated his slave Josiah with a razor because the slave  was turbulent, insolent, and ungovernable  - Issue: Can the defendant be found guilty of a crime?  - Decision: Since the defendant acted with preparation and committed the act  willfully and deliberately, the act is criminal based on the provisions of the penal  code (Act 1829, chapter 23, section 53) because a slave is to be regarded as a  reasonable creature in being * Ultimately, a white person may be indicted and convicted under the penal  code for murder, mayhem, or manslaughter committed upon the person of a  slave    à  The case is relevant to the class and to the week’s topic because as opposed to  State v. Mann, the decision in this case recognizes that while a master may have  absolute dominion over a slave, he is still not free to inflict cruel and unusual  punishment when a penal code prohibits it
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  Bryan V. Walton Lawsuit brought by Hugh Walton, a free person of color (who was the  administrator of the estate of Joseph Nunez) to recover possession of  certain salves. Joseph inherited slaves from father James and then in 1846,  Joseph Nunez executed a deed, purporting to give salves to Alexander M.  Urquhard. Urquhard sold he salves to the defendant.
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