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Freedom in the Press: The James Somerset Court Case and the End of American Slavery, 1827-1865

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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 referenced on a number of occasions by black abolitionists in the nineteenth century. Even though the first African American newspaper was not published until 1827, Lord Mansfield’s words were essential to the arguments articulated by black abolitionists within their publications. The paper will begin with a brief overview of the Somerset case. It will show how Mansfield’s landmark decision was essential to the arguments of black abolitionists in African American newspapers such as the Freedom’s Journal, North Star, The National Era, and The Colored American. The paper maintains that Mansfield’s decision was viewed as setting the precedent for the illegality of chattel slavery in America. It 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. "Freedom in the Press: The James Somerset Court Case and the End of American Slavery, 1827-1865" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, Sep 29, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435620_index.html>

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Baze, B. , 2010-09-29 "Freedom in the Press: The James Somerset Court Case and the End of American Slavery, 1827-1865" 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/p435620_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 referenced on a number of occasions by black abolitionists in the nineteenth century. Even though the first African American newspaper was not published until 1827, Lord Mansfield’s words were essential to the arguments articulated by black abolitionists within their publications. The paper will begin with a brief overview of the Somerset case. It will show how Mansfield’s landmark decision was essential to the arguments of black abolitionists in African American newspapers such as the Freedom’s Journal, North Star, The National Era, and The Colored American. The paper maintains that Mansfield’s decision was viewed as setting the precedent for the illegality of chattel slavery in America. It 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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