The Somerset Case and the Abolition of Slavery in England

@article{Cotter1994TheSC,
  title={The Somerset Case and the Abolition of Slavery in England},
  author={W. Cotter},
  journal={History},
  year={1994},
  volume={79},
  pages={31-56}
}
omerset v. Stewart, decided by Lord Chief Justice Mansfield four years before the American Declaration of Independence, was long S interpreted as outlawing slavery in England.’ Not only did Somerset have a profound impact in Britain where, many believe, it led to the subsequent abolition of the slave trade (1807) and the eventual emancipation of all slaves in the British colonies (1834), but it also ‘became part of a newly developing American common law [and] . . . was widely discussed in… Expand
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