Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Law & History Review Special Issue: Free Access for Limited Time

As I earlier indicated, the November, 2011 issue of Law & History Review is a special issue on "Law, Slavery, and Justice."  Cambridge University Press, the journal's publisher, now announces that it is making the full contents of the special issue freely available online for a limited time--through January, 2012. Here is a link to the issue's contents.  The introduction, by journal editor, David Tanenhaus, is reposted below, along with the table of contents.

The special issue transports our broad readership into the unsettling history and shifting historiography of the laws of slavery on land and at sea in the turbulent Atlantic World. Special thanks to Rebecca J. Scott for proposing this venture and enticing others to join, including Walter Johnson, whose incisive commentary concludes this issue. The journey begins with Scott's crisp introduction that first previews the four articles before providing an overview and explication of our authors' methods. Bon voyage!


Table of Contents
Articles"Slavery and the Law in Atlantic Perspective: Jurisdiction, Jurisprudence, and Justice," by Rebecca J. Scott (Michigan)
"Judges, Masters, Diviners: Slaves’ Experience of Criminal Justice in Colonial Suriname," by Natalie Zemon Davis (Toronto)
"Prosecuting Torture: The Strategic Ethics of Slavery in Pre-Revolutionary Saint-Domingue (Haiti)," by Malick W. Ghachem (Maine)
"Time, Space, and Jurisdiction in Atlantic World Slavery: The Volunbrun Household in Gradual Emancipation New York," by Martha S. Jones (Michigan)
"Paper Thin: Freedom and Re-enslavement in the Diaspora of the Haitian Revolution," by Rebecca J. Scott (Michigan)

Comment"Resetting the Legal History of Slavery: Divination, Torture, Poisoning, Murder, Revolution, Emancipation, and Re-enslavement," by Walter Johnson (Harvard)