Though the Heavens May Fall

The Landmark Trial that Led to the End of Human Slavery
Author: Steven M. Wise
Publisher: Palabra
ISBN: 9780306814501
Category: History
Page: 282
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For the first time comes the complete, exciting story of the landmark trail that led to the abolition of slavery in the Western world. 16-page photo insert.

Politische Ideengeschichte – Ein Gewebe politischer Diskurse

Author: Marcus Llanque
Publisher: Oldenbourg Verlag
ISBN: 3486711237
Category: Political Science
Page: 554
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Unter "Politische Ideengeschichte" verstehen wir zum einen die Bezeichnung für das Kontinuum politischer Theorien, die in einem Kulturkreis über die Jahrhunderte hinweg erarbeitet und tradiert wurde, und zum anderen die wissenschaftliche Disziplin, die sich mit diesem Kontinuum beschäftigt. Die Disziplin archiviert das Kontinuum und zugleich bereitet sie es als Arsenal für die weitere Theoriebildung vor. Ideengeschichte und Theoriebildung lassen sich daher nicht eindeutig voneinander trennen. Der Autor untersucht, welchem Maße Texte in diachronen und synchronen Diskursen verknüpft sind - wie ein Gewebe. Im Zentrum stehen nicht die Klassiker selbst, sondern die Vielzahl der Texte und ihre Verbindungen.

The Counter-Revolution of 1776

Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America
Author: Gerald Horne
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1479808725
Category: History
Page: 363
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The successful 1776 revolt against British rule in North America has been hailed almost universally as a great step forward for humanity. But the Africans then living in the colonies overwhelmingly sided with the British. In this trailblazing book, Gerald Horne shows that in the prelude to 1776, the abolition of slavery seemed all but inevitable in London, delighting Africans as much as it outraged slaveholders, and sparking the colonial revolt. Prior to 1776, anti-slavery sentiments were deepening throughout Britain and in the Caribbean, rebellious Africans were in revolt. For European colonists in America, the major threat to their security was a foreign invasion combined with an insurrection of the enslaved. It was a real and threatening possibility that London would impose abolition throughout the colonies—a possibility the founding fathers feared would bring slave rebellions to their shores. To forestall it, they went to war. The so-called Revolutionary War, Horne writes, was in part a counter-revolution, a conservative movement that the founding fathers fought in order to preserve their right to enslave others. The Counter-Revolution of 1776 brings us to a radical new understanding of the traditional heroic creation myth of the United States.

The International Human Rights Movement

A History
Author: Aryeh Neier
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691135150
Category: History
Page: 379
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"Aryeh Neier's insightful account of the human rights movement underlines the crucial role played by individuals and human rights defenders in speaking out against abuses. This book describes many of the human rights challenges that remain and is essential reading for all those wishing to understand the political challenges of our times."--Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations (1997--2006) "Human rights has become a global movement. Aryeh Neier was present at the creation of it, so nobody is better qualified to tell the story of its ongoing and epochal fight against brutality and injustice. We can all be grateful for Neier's life of activism and we can be thankful he has reflected on it with such insight."--Michael Ignatieff, University of Toronto and former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada "Aryeh Neier has done more than anyone else to shape the values and practices of the modern human rights movement. His decades of experience give him a unique perspective to describe the key events and decisions that shaped the movement, to detail its major successes, and to outline the steps that must now be taken to meet the challenges ahead."--Kenneth Roth, executive director, Human Rights Watch "With the intimate knowledge--and authority--of one who has been at the center of the international human rights movement for more than three decades, Aryeh Neier captures the movement's uneven but steady rise to the top of the agenda of the world community. The significant transformations chronicled here, and the struggles of the brave men and women around the world that made these changes possible, form a road map for the enormous challenges that still lie ahead."--Juan E. Mendez, UN special rapporteur on torture and coauthor of Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights "This is a valuable, lucid, and timely account of the international human rights movement. Neier has the unique authority to guide the public's understanding of this complex landscape, and his book is full of information, vision, and wisdom."--Andrew J. Nathan, Columbia University


Author: Steven Lubet
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674059468
Category: History
Page: 384
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In this book, Steven Lubet examines, in detail, three trials on the great issue of fugitive slaves in the 1850’s, the fugitive slave statutes, and how the legal system coped or failed to cope with the apparent inconsistencies between the Constitution supporting slavery and its purpose of guaranteeing certain rights to every man. The first case occurred in 1851 when a white Pennsylvania miller named Caster Hanway faced treason charges based on his participation in the Christiana slave riot. The second trial was of Anthony Burns in Boston, and the third case arose out of the 1858 capture of John Price by Kentucky slavehunters in the abolitionist stronghold of Oberlin, Ohio. The fugitive slave trials also provide modern readers with uncomfortable insights into the nature of slavery itself. With sincere conviction, many northern judges – including some who claimed to oppose slavery – calmly considered the quantum of evidence necessary to turn a human being into property. This book powerfully illuminates the tremendous bravery of the fugitives, the moral courage of their rescuers and lawyers, and, alas, the failure of American legal and political institutions to come to grips with slavery short of civil war.

The Zong

A Massacre, the Law and the End of Slavery
Author: James Walvin
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300180756
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 269
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On November 29, 1781, Captain Collingwood of the British ship "Zong" commanded his crew to throw overboard one-third of his cargo: a shipment of Africans bound for slavery in America. The captain believed his ship was off course, and he feared there was not enough drinking water to last until landfall. This book is the first to examine in detail the deplorable killings on the "Zong," the lawsuit that ensued, how the murder of 132 slaves affected debates about slavery, and the way we remember the infamous "Zong" today. Historian James Walvin explores all aspects of the "Zong"'s voyage and the subsequent trial--a case brought to court not for the murder of the slaves but as a suit against the insurers who denied the owners' claim that their "cargo" had been necessarily jettisoned. The scandalous case prompted wide debate and fueled Britain's awakening abolition movement. Without the episode of the "Zong," Walvin contends, the process of ending the slave trade would have taken an entirely different moral and political trajectory. He concludes with a fascinating discussion of how the case of the "Zong," though unique in the history of slave ships, has come to be understood as typical of life on all such ships.

Western European and British Barbarity, Savagery, and Brutality in the Transatlantic Chattel Slave Trade

Homologated by the Churches and Intellectials in the Seventeenth-Nineteent Century a Critical Study
Author: Dr. Robinson A. Milwood PhD
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1483608387
Category: Religion
Page: 404
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Man makes history, in a fashion, and history also makes man. As with other men, the historical experience of the African over the centuries has had a profound effect on his self-image as well as on his perception of the external world. Perhaps more than other men, the African in pre-colonial times developed a strong historical tradition, and his perception of himself and his world came to depend very much on his view of the past. European colonialism, brief as it was, produced a traumatic effect largely because it tried to impose on the African a gross distortion of his historical tradition.

A Companion to Latin American History

Author: Thomas H. Holloway
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444391640
Category: History
Page: 544
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The Companion to Latin American History collects the work of leading experts in the field to create a single-source overview of the diverse history and current trends in the study of Latin America. Presents a state-of-the-art overview of the history of Latin America Written by the top international experts in the field 28 chapters come together as a superlative single source of information for scholars and students Recognizes the breadth and diversity of Latin American history by providing systematic chronological and geographical coverage Covers both historical trends and new areas of interest

MacCormick's Scotland

Author: Neil Walker
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748649301
Category: Law
Page: 288
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A Gedenkschrift to one of Scotland's most prominent jurists and legal thinkers.

What It Means To Be Human

Reflections from 1791 to the present
Author: Joanna Bourke
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748134131
Category: History
Page: 336
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In 1872, a woman known only as 'An Ernest Englishwoman' published an open letter entitled 'Are women animals?', in which she protested the fact that women were not treated as fully human. In reality, their status was worse than that of animals: regulations prohibiting cruelty against dogs, horses and cattle were significantly more punitive than laws against cruelty to women. What does it mean to be 'human' rather than 'animal'? If the Ernest Englishwoman had turned her gaze to the previous century, her critique could equally have applied to slaves. In her time and beyond, the debate around human status involved questions of language, facial physiology, and vegetarianism. If she had been capable of looking 100 years into the future, she might have wondered about chimeras, created by transplanting animal fluids and organs into human bodies, or the ethics of stem cell research. In this meticulously researched, wide-ranging and illuminating book, Joanna Bourke explores the legacy of more than two centuries, and looks forward to what the future might hold for humans and animals.

Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history

the Black experience in the Americas
Author: Colin A. Palmer,Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Publisher: MacMillan Reference Library
ISBN: 9780028658216
Category: History
Page: 2746
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Contains primary source material.

Public Library Core Collection

A Selection Guide to Reference Books and Adult Nonfiction. Nonfiction
Author: John Greenfieldt,Patrice Bartell
Publisher: Hw Wilson Co
ISBN: 9780824210946
Category: Public libraries
Page: 1856
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A Short History of Slavery

Author: James Walvin
Publisher: ePenguin
ISBN: 9780141027982
Category: History
Page: 258
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As we approach the bicentenary of the abolition of the Atlantic trade, Walvin has selected the historical texts that recreate the mindset that made such a savage institution possible - morally acceptable even. Setting these historical documents against Walvin's own incisive historical narrative, the two layers of this extraordinary, definitive account of the Atlantic slave trade enable us to understand the rise and fall of one of the most shameful chapters in British history, the repercussions of which the modern world is still living with.

Slavery on trial

law, abolitionism, and print culture
Author: Jeannine Marie DeLombard
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Category: History
Page: 330
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DeLombard examines how debates over slavery in the three decades before the Civil War employed legal language to "try" the case for slavery in the court of public opinion via popular print media. The country's legal consciousness was high during the era that saw the imprisonment of abolitionist editor William Lloyd Garrison, the execution of slave revolutionary Nat Turner, and the hangings of John Brown and his Harpers Ferry coconspirators. DeLombard discusses how this consciousness was evident in the "trials" over slavery found in the autobiographies of Frederick Douglass, a scandal narrative about Sojourner Truth, a speech by Henry David Thoreau, fiction by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and a proslavery novel by William McCreary Burwell.

Comparative Law

Law, Reality and Society
Author: Alan Watson
Publisher: Vandeplas Pub
ISBN: 9781600421068
Category: Law
Page: 322
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The third edition of Comparative Law: Law, Reality and Society does not deal with conventional comparative law. Rules and structures of one system are not set out against those of another for contrast. Rather, rules particular or general, are examined to explain why they are as they are, and how they came to be. The author does not accept that to a great extent law reflects society or the power of the ruling elite. Chapter one serves as both introduction and conclusions. The conclusions are: 1) Governments and rulers are not much interested in developing law, especially not private law, but leave this to others to whom they do not grant power to make law; 2) Even famous lawmakers are seldom interested in a particular social issue in law or in giving law certainty; 3) Borrowing, even mindless, is the name of the legal game. Chapters range from grand legislation (the Ten Commandments and Napoleon's code civil) to unrecognized law in action and daily life (Jesus and the Samaritan woman, Jesus and the adulteress, the claim that Julius Caesar descended from a slave). Other chapters deal with judges' passivity in giving needlessly a judgment they claimed was unjust, to deciding against the judge's own theoretical and practical position (Somerset's Case). Likewise stressed is the difficulty of developing law fit for the society, and of understanding foreign legal thinking. The survival of law in different circumstances for centuries and also in a different place is emphasized. The chapters are separate entities, and the author claims that each must stand on its own merits, but he insists that if each is plausible, then together they present a very different approach to law in society from those habitually offered. About the author: Alan Watson, Professor of Law at the University of Georgia School of Law, is regarded as one of the world's foremost authorities on Roman law, comparative law, legal history, and law and religion.

University of Pennsylvania Law Review

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Law
Page: N.A
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University of Pennsylvania Law Review provides a forum for the publication of original research on a broad range of legal and law-related topics.

Moral Capital

Foundations of British Abolitionism
Author: Christopher Leslie Brown
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807856987
Category: History
Page: 480
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Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism