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

Hendrik Hartog


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 ... More

Keywords: Gradual emancipation, Abolition, New Jersey, African Americans – legal status, Care, Dependency, Conflicts of Laws, Contract law, Law of Slavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469640884
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640884.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hendrik Hartog, author
Princeton University