SLAVERY AS INSTITUTION I. LAW (ca. 1850) a. Human being as property (“chattel”) b. Consequences: i. No legal restriction on master’s right to buy and sell ii. No property ownership w/o master’s permission iii. No movement outside plantation w/o master’s permission iv. No legal status for marriages of slaves v. No black testimony against whites in court vi. Illegal to teach reading and writing to slaves vii. No assemblies w/o master’s or other white presence. viii. Punishments legal II. Court decisions as modifying law a. Can a slave be responsible for crimes? b. Do slaves have a right to their own lives? c. Is the slave’s legal status the same as a horse?
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2009 for the course HIS 265 taught by Professor N/a during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.