9781469640884 hardcover ; alkaline paper 1469640880 hardcover ; alkaline paper 9781469640891 electronic book
"Hendrik Hartog uses a forgotten 1840 case to explore the regime of gradual emancipation that took place in New Jersey over the first half of the nineteenth century. In Minna's case, white people fought over who would pay for the costs of caring for a dependent, apparently enslaved, woman. Hartog marks how the peculiar language mobilized by the debate -- about care as a "mere voluntary courtesy"--became routine in a wide range of subsequent cases about "good Samaritans." Using Minna's case as a springboard, Hartog explores the statutes, situations, and conflicts that helped produce a regime where slavery was usually but not always legal and where a supposedly enslaved person may or may not have been legally free"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
A mere voluntary courtesy Practicing gradual emancipation Who is enslaved? Inferences and speculations.
KF4545.S5 H37 2018
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press,