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During the era of revolution, independence, and emancipation in the north Atlantic, 'slavery' and 'freedom' were fluid and contested concepts. Individuals and groups turned to courts of law to define and enforce the status of indigenous Americans, forcibly imported Africans, and colonizing Europeans - and their progeny. In this collection of documents from the French, British, Spanish, and Portuguese empires, Peabody and Grinberg introduce the voices of slaves, slave-holders, jurists, legislators, and others who struggled to critique, overturn, justify, or simply describe the social order in which they found themselves.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312411763
ISBN-10: 0312411766
Format: Paperback
(208mm x 138mm x 9mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publish Date: 8-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Sue Peabody

SUE PEABODY is Professor of History, Washington State University, Vancouver, Canada. KEILA GRINBERG is Associate Professor or History Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and Director of the History Department, Universidade Candido Mendes, Brazil.

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