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  • Author:
    Ariela J. Gross
  • ISBN:
    0691059578
  • ISBN13:
    978-0691059570
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  • Publisher:
    Princeton University Press; First printing. edition (2000)
  • Pages:
    272 pages
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    Humanities
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Double Character is a profoundly important book "With great clarity, Ariela Gross's book shows how intimately the practice of law in the antebellum . South was interwoven with the practice of slavery.

Double Character is a profoundly important book. At a time when there has been much romanticization of master-slave relations, Ariela Gross dissects hundreds of antebellum legal cases in which the presumed attributes of blacks, whites, and those "in between" were litigated. What emerges is a pattern of assumptions whose power was sanctioned by law and whose legacy we battle still. With great clarity, Ariela Gross's book shows how intimately the practice of law in the antebellum . The author conveys this tragic story in terms that provide a vivid picture of that society and also of many of the individuals involved.

Gross reminds us that in the antebellum Deep South, slave markets were buzzing due . These are small quibbles. Ariela Gross has made a substantial contribution to our understanding of slavery and the law in the Old South.

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In addition, says Gross, "wherever the argument that black character depended on management by a white man appeared, that white man's good character depended on the demonstration that bad black character had other sources. This led, for example, to physicians testifying that pathologies, not any shortcomings.

The book combines the methods of cultural anthropology, quantitative social history, and critical race theory.

But the legal process also shaped their expression of racial ideology by favoring certain explanations over others. The book combines the methods of cultural anthropology, quantitative social history, and critical race theory. Gross, Ariela Julie, Double Character: Slavery and Mastery in the Antebellum Southern Courtroom.

Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, 2006. Gross uses records in cases of commercial disputes over transactions involving slaves as her primary lens through which to view social relations and cultural mores. She examines records from the lower South states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

Double Character book. This groundbreaking study of the law and culture of slavery in the antebellum Deep South takes readers into local courtrooms where people settled their civil disputes over property.

GrossAriela . Double Character: Slavery and Mastery in the Antebellum Southern Courtroom, Princeton: Princeton . Double Character: Slavery and Mastery in the Antebellum Southern Courtroom, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.

She and de la Fuente discuss the book here and here. Double Character: Slavery and Mastery in the Antebellum Southern Courtroom (Princeton University Press, 2000; ppb. University of Georgia Press, 2006).

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published in. The Southern Quarterly Journal.

In a groundbreaking study of the day-to-day law and culture of slavery, Ariela Gross investigates the local courtrooms of the Deep South where ordinary people settled their disputes over slaves. Buyers sued sellers for breach of warranty when they considered slaves to be physically or morally defective; owners sued supervisors who whipped or neglected slaves under their care. Double Character seeks to explain how communities dealt with an important dilemma raised by these trials: how could slaves who acted as moral agents be treated as commodities? Because these cases made the character of slaves a central legal question, slaves' moral agency intruded into the courtroom, often challenging the character of slaveholders who saw themselves as honorable masters. Gross looks at the stories about white and black character that witnesses and litigants put forth in court. She not only reveals the role of law in constructing "race" but also offers a portrait of the culture of slavery, one that addresses historical debates about law, honor, and commerce in the American South.

Gross maintains that witnesses and litigants drew on narratives available in the culture at large to explain the nature and origins of slaves' character, such as why slaves became runaways. But the legal process also shaped their expressions of racial ideology by favoring certain explanations over others. Double Character brings to life the law as a dramatic ritual in people's daily lives, looking at trials from the perspective of litigants, lawyers, doctors, and the slaves themselves. The author's approach combines the methods of cultural anthropology, quantitative social history, and critical race theory.