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Author Thomas, William G., 1964- author.

Title A question of freedom : the families who challenged slavery from the nation's founding to the Civil War / William G. Thomas III.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2020]
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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  306.362 THOMAS    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  306.362 THO    Check Shelf
Description 418 pages : illustrations, maps, genealogical charts ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-392) and index.
Summary "For over seventy years and five generations, the enslaved families of Prince George's County, Maryland, filed hundreds of suits for their freedom against a powerful circle of slaveholders, taking their cause all the way to the Supreme Court. Between 1787 and 1861, these lawsuits challenged the legitimacy of slavery in American law and put slavery on trial in the nation's capital. Piecing together evidence once dismissed in court and buried in the archives, William Thomas tells an intricate and intensely human story of the enslaved families (the Butlers, Queens, Mahoneys, and others), their lawyers (among them a young Francis Scott Key), and the slaveholders who fought to defend slavery, beginning with the Jesuit priests who held some of the largest plantations in the nation and founded a college at Georgetown." -- Amazon.com.
The story of the longest and most complex legal challenge to slavery in American history, in which a number of enslaved families challenged their bondage in court.
Contents Prologue: Georgetown, April 2017 -- The planting -- The inheritance.
Local Subject Enslaved persons -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States.
Subject Slaves -- United States -- Biography.
Antislavery movements -- United States.
Local Subject Enslaved persons -- Emancipation -- Maryland -- Prince George's County.
Subject Slaves -- Legal status, laws, etc. (OCoLC)fst01120565
Local Subject Enslaved persons -- Emancipation -- United States -- History.
Subject Slaves -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Maryland -- Prince George's County.
Slaves -- Emancipation. (OCoLC)fst01120540
Slaves -- Maryland -- Prince George's County -- Biography.
Prince George's County (Md.) -- History.
Local Subject Enslaved persons -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Maryland -- Prince George's County.
Subject Maryland -- Prince George's County. (OCoLC)fst01207053
Local Subject Enslaved persons -- United States -- Biography.
Subject Antislavery movements -- Maryland -- Prince George's County.
Slaves -- Emancipation -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Subject Slaves. (OCoLC)fst01120522
Slaves -- Emancipation -- Maryland -- Prince George's County.
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Subject Slaves -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States.
Local Subject Enslaved persons -- Maryland -- Prince George's County -- Biography.
Subject Antislavery movements. (OCoLC)fst00810800
Added Title Families who challenged slavery from the nation's founding to the Civil War
ISBN 9780300234121 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0300234120 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
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