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Published: 03 January 2019

440 Pages | 14 illus.


ISBN: 9780190664282

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Appealing for Liberty

Freedom Suits in the South

Loren Schweninger

  • A sweeping, national history of freedom suits in America from the Revolution to the Civil War
  • Draws from more than two thousand suits by more than four thousand plaintiffs, including the largest single collection of contemporary, real-time testimony by enslaved African Americans, as disclosed by their legal counsel, and new sources from county courts across the South
  • Illuminates the lives of unknown slaves and free persons of color who filed freedom suits
  • Offers an unusual and perhaps unexpected view of interracial cooperation among blacks in bondage and their white legal representatives as well as the white members of their communities
  • Reveals that few freedom suits were based on the color and race of the plaintiffs, as a number of historians have suggested