The Bondsman's Burden
An Economic Analysis of the Common Law of Southern Slavery
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Bondsman's Burden by Jenny Bourne Wahl
Book DescriptionWere slaves property or human beings under the law? In crafting answers to this question, Southern judges designed efficient laws that protected property rights and helped slavery remain economically viable. But, by preserving property rights, they sheltered the persons embodied by that property - the slaves themselves. Slave law therefore had unintended consequences: it generated rules that judges could apply to free persons, precedents that became the foundation for laws designed to protect ordinary Americans. The Bondsman's Burden, first published in 1998, provides a rigorous and compelling economic analysis of the common law of Southern slavery, inspecting thousands of legal disputes heard in Southern antebellum courts, disputes involving servants, employees, accident victims, animals, and other chattel property, as well as slaves. The common law, although it supported the institution of slavery, did not favor every individual slave owner who brought a grievance to court.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521592383
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Nov-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jenny Bourne Wahl
Bondsman's Burden, Paperback (August 2002)
This 1998 book presents a rigorous, compelling economic analysis of the common law of Southern slavery, inspecting thousands of legal disputes.
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Volume II of the three-volume series entitled Law and Economics which contains some of the key commentaries on the application of economic analysis to law. In this volume, Wahl (Carleton College) presents 18 articles and four cases that focus on two means by which people formalize their voluntary t
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