Slavery lawsuits archive

[JURIST] On Wednesday the St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project [official website] unveiled its new Freedom Suits Archive of nearly 300 legal petitions for freedom by people of color originally filed in St. Louis courts between 1814 and 1860. The archive makes up the largest corpus of freedom suits currently available to researchers in the United States. See the Freedom Suits Case Files and read the 1821 freedom petition (in digitized manuscript) of Winny, a woman of color, whose case was ultimately appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court, which upheld her petition.

 

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