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Nineteenth-century African American Press and the James Somerset Court Case of 1772

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The James Somerset court case in 1772 dramatically rocked the foundations of slavery and possibly led to the emancipation of all American slaves. The case challenged the principles of chattel slavery by using legal tactics and caused slave owners in America to reexamine their colonial laws. The case was recalled on a number of occasions by black abolitionists in the nineteenth century. Even though the first African American Newspaper was not created until 1827, Lord Mansfield's words were essential to the arguments composed by black abolitionists within their publications. The discussion will present the James Somerset court case of 1772 while showing how Lord Mansfield's landmark decision was essential to the arguments of black abolitionists within African American newspapers such as the Freedom's Journal, North Star, The National Era, The Colored American and show how the case was viewed by black and white abolitionists throughout the nineteenth century. The paper will show the impact Mansfield's decision had on the minds of white and black abolitionist throughout the American colonies because it was viewed as laying the foundation that eventually ended chattel slavery in America.
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Baze, Bernard. "Nineteenth-century African American Press and the James Somerset Court Case of 1772" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 94th Annual Convention, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio, <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p378042_index.html>

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Baze, B. "Nineteenth-century African American Press and the James Somerset Court Case of 1772" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 94th Annual Convention, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p378042_index.html

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Abstract: The James Somerset court case in 1772 dramatically rocked the foundations of slavery and possibly led to the emancipation of all American slaves. The case challenged the principles of chattel slavery by using legal tactics and caused slave owners in America to reexamine their colonial laws. The case was recalled on a number of occasions by black abolitionists in the nineteenth century. Even though the first African American Newspaper was not created until 1827, Lord Mansfield's words were essential to the arguments composed by black abolitionists within their publications. The discussion will present the James Somerset court case of 1772 while showing how Lord Mansfield's landmark decision was essential to the arguments of black abolitionists within African American newspapers such as the Freedom's Journal, North Star, The National Era, The Colored American and show how the case was viewed by black and white abolitionists throughout the nineteenth century. The paper will show the impact Mansfield's decision had on the minds of white and black abolitionist throughout the American colonies because it was viewed as laying the foundation that eventually ended chattel slavery in America.


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