Creating a Common Law of Slavery for England and its New World Empire

@article{Brewer2021CreatingAC,
  title={Creating a Common Law of Slavery for England and its New World Empire},
  author={Holly Brewer},
  journal={Law and History Review},
  year={2021},
  volume={39},
  pages={765 - 834}
}
  • H. Brewer
  • Published 1 November 2021
  • History, Law, Economics
  • Law and History Review
The current historical consensus is that English common law was somewhat confused, but that coerced servitude was legal in England before 1772, and certainly in its empire, where English law on slavery did not reach, because it was “beyond the line” of English justice. The common law is characterized by an effort to see continuity and consistency, and historians (despite our natural desire to track change) often look for those patterns too. Such efforts to provide a consistent overview of an… 

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