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From Slaves to Horses: Racial Discourse, Discord, and Doctrine in Indiana La

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This paper examines the intersection of statutes and laws passed in the 1840s and 1850s that signify a transition of Indiana’s ambivalent career as a slaveholding state to a commonwealth invested in agricultural mores symbolized in the defense of horses. More directly, an analysis of Indiana statutes granting free, white men the right to organize horse thief detective companies in conjunction with anti-Negro and slave legislation provides insight into the racial formation of the state. The racialization and criminalization articulating in the law, and more importantly, the constitution illustrates the shift in property and citizenship. While these companies were seemingly concentrated on horse thieves, the horse thief was a flexible trope—often including counterfeiters, murderers, con men, fugitives and other unsavory sorts. My paper contends that the horse thief statutes, and the law passed in 1852, reinforces the constitution of a white commonwealth.
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Name: 95th Annual Convention
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Wade, Erik. "From Slaves to Horses: Racial Discourse, Discord, and Doctrine in Indiana La" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435223_index.html>

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Wade, E. C. "From Slaves to Horses: Racial Discourse, Discord, and Doctrine in Indiana La" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435223_index.html

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Abstract: This paper examines the intersection of statutes and laws passed in the 1840s and 1850s that signify a transition of Indiana’s ambivalent career as a slaveholding state to a commonwealth invested in agricultural mores symbolized in the defense of horses. More directly, an analysis of Indiana statutes granting free, white men the right to organize horse thief detective companies in conjunction with anti-Negro and slave legislation provides insight into the racial formation of the state. The racialization and criminalization articulating in the law, and more importantly, the constitution illustrates the shift in property and citizenship. While these companies were seemingly concentrated on horse thieves, the horse thief was a flexible trope—often including counterfeiters, murderers, con men, fugitives and other unsavory sorts. My paper contends that the horse thief statutes, and the law passed in 1852, reinforces the constitution of a white commonwealth.


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