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Dark Places of the Earth

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780871406750
Author(s): Jonathan M. Bryant
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2015
Publisher: Ww Norton & Co
Dimensions: 244 x 0 x 168 (w x l x h)
Pages: 400

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In 1820, a suspicious vessel was spotted lingering off the coast of northern Florida, the Spanish slave ship Antelope. Since the United States had outlawed its own participation in the international slave trade more than a decade before, the ship's almost 300 African captives were considered illegal cargo under American laws. But with slavery still a critical part of the American economy, it would eventually fall to the Supreme Court to determine whether or not they were slaves at all, and if so, what should be done with them. Bryant describes the captives' harrowing voyage through waters rife with pirates and governed by an array of international treaties. By the time the Antelope arrived in Savannah, Georgia, the puzzle of how to determine the captives' fates was inextricably knotted. Set against the backdrop of a city in the grip of both the financial panic of 1819 and the lingering effects of an outbreak of yellow fever, Dark Places of the Earth vividly recounts the eight-year legal conflict that followed, during which time the Antelope's human cargo were mercilessly put to work on the plantations of Georgia, even as their freedom remained in limbo.
When at long last the Supreme Court heard the case, Francis Scott Key, the legendary Georgetown lawyer and author of 'The Star Spangled Banner,' represented the Antelope captives in an epic courtroom battle that identified the moral and legal implications of slavery for a generation. Fo
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