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

Published: Sep 18, 2007

Principal Investigator(s):
Michael S. Hindus

Version V1

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.

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.

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1818 -- 1861

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

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

individual-level public record data



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


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.