An Inquiry into the Law of Negro Slavery in the United States of America

Thomas R. R. Cobb
Introduction by Paul Finkelman

A new edition for scholars of southern slavery

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"Surprisingly easy to read, this work will interest many, and scholars will find it a significant primary source."
Florida Historical Quarterly


Description

Thomas R. R. Cobb (1823–1862) was an ardent secessionist often referred to as “the James Madison of the Confederacy.” Cobb was a prominent lawyer, a leader of the Georgia bar, a prominent figure in southern legal education, a key legal theorist of the secession movement, and the central figure in the writing of the Confederate Constitution. First published in 1858, An Inquiry into the Law of Negro Slavery in the United States of America was the first and only treatise published by a southern author on slavery law. Based on extensive scholarship on the Roman law of slavery and racist to the core, the work fully explicates the southern defense of slavery. An important practical manual for lawyers and judges at the time of its publication and an essential tool for scholars and students of slavery and legal history ever since, the work is also the most significant summary of proslavery legal theory.

Series/imprint:
Southern Legal Studies

Page count: 616 pp.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5

 



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10/31/2012

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Thomas R. R. Cobb (1823-1862) was a leader of the Georgia bar, a prominent figure in southern legal education, a key legal theorist of the secession movement, and the central figure in the writing of the Confederate Constitution. Rising to the rank of brigadier general in the Confederate army, Cobb died in battle.