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Author Weierman, Karen Woods, 1971- author.

Title The Case of the Slave-Child, Med Free Soil in Antislavery Boston / Karen Woods Weierman.

Publication Info. Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 2019.
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2019

Item Status

Description 1 online resource (pages cm)
Series Book collections on Project MUSE.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: The said Med -- Before Med : James Somerset and Phillis Wheatley -- Slaves cannot breathe in Boston -- All girls are bound to someone -- Maria Sommersett, the American Stewart, and Dred Scott -- Free soil fictions -- Conclusion: Sarah, Ruby, and Med.
Access Open Access Unrestricted online access
Summary "In 1836, an enslaved six-year-old girl named Med was brought to Boston by a woman from New Orleans who claimed her as property. Learning of the girl's arrival in the city, the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society (BFASS) waged a legal fight to secure her freedom and affirm the free soil of Massachusetts. While Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw ruled quite narrowly in the case that enslaved people brought to Massachusetts could not be held against their will, BFASS claimed a broad victory for the abolitionist cause, and Med was released to the care of a local institution. When she died two years later, celebration quickly turned to silence, and her story was soon forgotten. As a result, Commonwealth v. Aves is little known outside of legal scholarship. In this book, Karen Woods Weierman complicates Boston's identity as the birthplace of abolition and the cradle of liberty, and restores Med to her rightful place in antislavery history by situating her story in the context of other writings on slavery, childhood, and the law"-- Provided by publisher.
Local Note Project Muse Project Muse Open Access
Subject Med (Slave), 1830-1838.
African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Massachusetts.
Slaves -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Massachusetts.
Slavery -- Massachusetts -- History.
Antislavery movements -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
Child slaves -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Biography.
Free African Americans -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Biography.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Project Muse. distributor
ISBN 9781613767184