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The Slave Experience: Legal Rights & Gov't
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You be the Judge Legal Rights & Gov't
South Carolina v. Tom Russell
The prosecution claims that Russell is guilty of participating in an attempted slave insurrection.
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The Counsel: The Court:
James Gray Esq. for the defendant Magistrates.
  • Lionel H. Kennedy, Q. U.
  • Thomas Parker, J. P.

    Freeholders
  • William Drayton,
  • Nathan Heyward,
  • James R. Pringle,
  • James Legare,
  • Robert J. Tumbull,
  • The Charge: The Plea:
    Tom is guilty of participating in an attempt to raise an insurrection amongst the Blacks against the Whites. Not guilty.

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    The Laws

    Act from 1740
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