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Slavery on TrialLaw, Abolitionism, and Print Culture$
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Jeannine Marie DeLombard

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830864

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807887738_delombard

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(p.1) Introduction
Slavery on Trial

Jeannine Marie DeLombard

University of North Carolina Press

This introduction discusses the characteristics of the antislavery movement's print campaign and its appeals to popular legal consciousness. The abolitionist propagandists spearheaded a print campaign of the legislative and judicial crises of slavery for the American public, seeking to sharpen their familiarity with due process. The gathering of antislavery evidence and cultivation of legal spectatorship by abolitionists aimed to educate the American public about the specific points of law at issue in slavery's legal controversies, and to appeal to the people as an authoritative alternative tribunal.

Keywords:   abolitionist propagandists, print campaign, slavery, American public, antislavery, legal spectatorship, law

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