The trouble with Minna : a case of slavery and emancipation in the antebellum North

Hartog, Hendrik, 1948- author

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  • Creator Hendrik Hartog
  • Format Books
  • Publication Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2018]
  • Physical Details
    • 197 pages ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9781469640884, 1469640880, 9781469640891
  • OCLC on1003489447


  • "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"--


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • A mere voluntary courtesy -- Practicing gradual emancipation -- Who is enslaved? -- Inferences and speculations
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