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Musk-Cats and Monkies : Africans and domestic slavery, the judicial process, and Somerset's Case in eighteenth century England

@inproceedings{Kemp2001MuskCatsAM,
  title={Musk-Cats and Monkies : Africans and domestic slavery, the judicial process, and Somerset's Case in eighteenth century England},
  author={J. Kemp},
  year={2001}
}
This study examines the famous trial of James Somerset in 1772 and its wider social and legal position within the black experience in the British Atlantic. Previous scholars avow either that the case ended slavery in England outright, had little effect on slaves' social status, or caused the peculiar institution to die a slow death. Yet, this historiography fails to place Somerset ~ithin its proper cultural and legal context. By focusing on certain aspects of the judgment, this scholarship… Expand
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