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- DescriptionSlavery and its lasting effects have long been an issue in America, with the scars inflicted running deep. This study examines crimes such as stealing, burglary, arson, rape and murder committed against and by slaves, with most of the author's information coming from handwritten court records and newspapers. These documents show the death penalty rarely applied when a slave killed ather slave, but that it always applied when a slave killed a white person. Despite Missouri's grim criminal justice system, the state's best lawyers were called upon to represent slaves in court on serious criminal charges, and federal law applied to all persons, granting slaves in Missouri protection that few other slave states had. By 1860, Missouri's population was only 10 percent slave, the smallest percentage of any slave state in America.
- Author BiographyA licensed attorney and a retired law professor in the Criminal Justice Department, University of Central Missouri, Harriet C. Frazier lives in Missouri. She is also the author of The Death Penalty in Missouri (2006) and Runaway and Freed Missouri Slaves and Those Who Helped Them, 1763-1865 (2004).
- Author(s)Harriet C. Frazier
- PublisherMcFarland & Co Inc
- Date of Publication15/07/2011
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationJefferson, NC
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMcFarland & Co Inc
- Content Notemaps, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index
- Weight460 g
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