Zones of Law, Zones of Violence: The Legal Geography of the British Atlantic, circa 1772

@inproceedings{Gould2003ZonesOL,
  title={Zones of Law, Zones of Violence: The Legal Geography of the British Atlantic, circa 1772},
  author={Eliga H. Gould},
  year={2003}
}
N June 22, 1772, before a packed courtroom in London's Westminster Hall, Lord Chief Justice Mansfield delivered his now-famous opinion that James Somerset, an enslaved man who had escaped after accompanying his master from Boston, could not be forcibly returned to Jamaica (as his master intended) and "must be discharged." In finding for Somerset, Mansfield refused to rule on the underlying legality of owning slaves in England. Nonetheless, to justify such a significant alteration in status… CONTINUE READING