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Families in Crisis in the Old SouthDivorce, Slavery, and the Law$
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Loren Schweninger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835692

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837504_schweninger

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Lawyers, Judges, Juries, and Decrees

Lawyers, Judges, Juries, and Decrees

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Families in Crisis in the Old South

Loren Schweninger

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter demonstrates the legal proceedings in divorce, separation, and alimony cases within slaveholding families in the Old South. In particular, it discusses the crucial role of lawyers and judges in drafting arguments, interpreting the law, filing motions, and issuing decrees. The chapter examines how those who filed petitions for divorce, separation, and alimony, primarily women, fared in their efforts, and how lawyers, judges, and juries responded to those applications.

Keywords:   divorce, separation, alimony, slaveholding families, Old South, lawyers, judges, juries, decrees

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