New Light on Mansfield and Slavery

  title={New Light on Mansfield and Slavery},
  author={James C. Oldham},
  journal={Journal of British Studies},
Popular history often credits Lord Mansfield with freeing the slaves in England by his decision in the Somerset case. That he did not do so is by now agreed and is a point featured in modern scholarship on slavery. This is the main burden, for example, of F. O. Shyllon's Black Slaves in Britain (1974). How extensively the popular history should be revised has not been settled. Newly discovered sources now permit a reassessment of this question. When the Somerset case arose in 1772, it was… Expand
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