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Slave Trials in Anderson and Spartanburg Counties, South Carolina, 1818-1861 (ICPSR 8674) RSS

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Summary:

This dataset is part of a larger data collection effort conducted by the principal investigator to study crime, justice, and penal reform in Massachusetts and South Carolina from 1760 to 1880. Data are presented in this file on over 600 slave trials in two counties of ante-bellum South Carolina from 1818 to 1861. Included are variables documenting the accused crime, verdict, punishment, and item stolen (if applicable), as well as the defendant's name, sex, status, owner, and date of the trial.

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Citation

Hindus, Michael S. SLAVE TRIALS IN ANDERSON AND SPARTANBURG COUNTIES, SOUTH CAROLINA, 1818-1861. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-09-18. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08674.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   Antebellum South (USA), nineteenth century, slaves, trials, verdicts

Geographic Coverage:   South Carolina, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1818--1861

Universe:   Male and female slaves tried for accused crimes in Spartanburg and Anderson counties, South Carolina.

Data Types:   individual-level public record data

Methodology

Data Source:

public records of the Courts of Magistrates and Freeholders from Anderson and Spartanburg counties, South Carolina

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Version History:

  • 2007-09-18 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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