Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Black Litigants in the Antebellum American South$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kimberly M. Welch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469636436

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636436.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 23 September 2021

The Rhetoric of Reputation

The Rhetoric of Reputation

Chapter:
(p.60) 2 The Rhetoric of Reputation
Source:
Black Litigants in the Antebellum American South
Author(s):

Kimberly M. Welch

Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636436.003.0003

This chapter demonstrates that one of the main rhetorical tactics exploited by black litigants in the antebellum Natchez district was to leverage the cultural scripts of reputation in court proceedings. African Americans strategically deployed the language of reputation to gain a measure of autonomy over their lives. On certain occasions, such language could not only bolster their credibility, it could even curtail white authority. For black litigants, a reputation was not just a thing that one had; it was also a malleable package of linguistic possibilities one claimed or manipulated. An individual’s reputation symbolized the community’s assessment and opinion about that person, certainly; but it also entailed a language that one could leverage or deploy.

Keywords:   Reputation, Litigation, Property Rights, Statutes, Slavery

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .