November 21, 2017

African Americans

Friday Open Thread: Little Known Slave Court Cases

North Carolina v. Negro Will (1834) In 1834, on a plantation in Edgecombe County North Carolina, a slave named Will refused to share a hoe he had made with his own hands, an act of defiance that got him shot in the back. As he lay wounded, … [Read more...]

#TGIT: Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder

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Thursday Open Thread: Little Known Slave Court Cases

Jenny Slew (1719 - unknown) was one of the first black Americans to sue for her freedom, and the first person to succeed through trial by jury. Jenny Slew was born circa 1719 to a free white woman and an enslaved black man. That fact would … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Little Known Slave Court Cases

The judicial system is the venue which offers legal recourse to correct wrongs, even to segments of society that, historically, were not recognized by the law as citizens. As early as 1807, under Missouri territorial statutes, persons held in … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Little Known Slave Court Cases

State v. Caesar, a Slave (N.C. 1849) One of the most notorious antebellum slave murder cases concerned a North Carolina slave named Caesar. The incident began in 1848, near the town of Jameston, when two drunken white men came across two … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Little Known Slave Court Cases

Welcome to Monday POU. This week we will look at important court cases involving Slaves. Missouri v. Celia She warned the white slave owner that the rapes had to stop. Celia, 19, had endured five years of assaults by Robert Newsom, the … [Read more...]

Sunday Open Thread: Remember!

Good Morning POU! November 4, 2008 - the day Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States. Remember how you could barely fall asleep from the excitement, the hope....and remember 9 years ago today, November 5, 2008. The … [Read more...]