A Question of Freedom

A Question of Freedom

The Families Who Challenged Slavery From the Nation's Founding to the Civil War

Book - 2020
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"For over seventy years and five generations, the enslaved families of Prince George's County, Maryland, filed hundreds of suits for their freedom against a powerful circle of slaveholders, taking their cause all the way to the Supreme Court. Between 1787 and 1861, these lawsuits challenged the legitimacy of slavery in American law and put slavery on trial in the nation's capital. Piecing together evidence once dismissed in court and buried in the archives, William Thomas tells an intricate and intensely human story of the enslaved families (the Butlers, Queens, Mahoneys, and others), their lawyers (among them a young Francis Scott Key), and the slaveholders who fought to defend slavery, beginning with the Jesuit priests who held some of the largest plantations in the nation and founded a college at Georgetown." -- Amazon.com.
The story of the longest and most complex legal challenge to slavery in American history, in which a number of enslaved families challenged their bondage in court.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2020]
Copyright Date: 2020
ISBN: 9780300234121
Branch Call Number: 306.362 Thomas
Characteristics: 418 pages : illustrations, maps, genealogical charts ; 25 cm


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