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The Trouble with Minna: A Case of Slavery and Emancipation in the Antebellum North

April 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Free

Lunch is provided.

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Please join the Woodrow Wilson School’s program in Law and Public Affairs for a lunchtime book talk with Hendrik Hartog, to discuss The Trouble with Minna: A Case of Slavery and Emancipation in the Antebellum North.

From UNC Press: “In this intriguing book, Hendrik Hartog uses a forgotten 1840 case to explore the regime of gradual emancipation that took place in New Jersey over the first half of the nineteenth century. In Minna’s case, white people fought over who would pay for the costs of caring for a dependent, apparently enslaved, woman. Hartog marks how the peculiar language mobilized by the debate—about care as a “mere voluntary courtesy”—became routine in a wide range of subsequent cases about “good Samaritans.” Using Minna’s case as a springboard, Hartog explores the statutes, situations, and conflicts that helped produce a regime where slavery was usually but not always legal and where a supposedly enslaved person may or may not have been legally free.

In exploring this liminal and unsettled legal space, Hartog sheds light on the relationships between moral and legal reasoning and a legal landscape that challenges simplistic notions of what it meant to live in freedom. What emerges is a provocative portrait of a distant legal order that, in its contradictions and moral dilemmas, bears an ironic resemblance to our own legal world.”

Book sale and signing to follow.

Details

Date:
April 30
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
http://lapa.princeton.edu/content/trouble-minna-case-slavery-and-emancipation-antebellum-north

Organizer

Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Phone:
609-258-5626
Email:
lapaevents@princeton.edu
Website:
http://lapa.princeton.edu

Venue

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Robertson Hall
corner of Prospect and Faculty Roads
Princeton, 08544 United States
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Phone:
609-258-2943

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