Slavery and the Making of AmericaDramatic re-enactment of a slave in uniform
Time and Place Slave Memories Resources The Slave Experience

The Slave Experience: Legal Rights & Gov't
Intro Historical Overview Character Spotlight You be the Judge Personal Narratives Original Docs
You be the Judge Legal Rights & Gov't
Commonwealth v. Nathaniel Jennison
The prosecution claims that Jennison is guilty of the assault and battery of Quack Walker, a free man.
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The Counsel The Judge
Attorney General for the Government Chief Justice Cushing
The Prosecution's Argument The Defendant's Rebuttal
Jennison is guilty of the 1781 assault and battery of Quack Walker, a free man. Walker is the property of Jennison, who had the legal right to reclaim his slave.

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The Laws

Massachusetts Constitution - Preamble
Massachusetts Constitution - Part One
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