Sunday, July 11, 2010

Transnational slavery

Over at Legal History Blog, Ariela Gross (below left), John B. and Alice R. Sharp Professor of Law and History at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, points to a interesting trend -- a turn to comparative and transnational legal research on the history slavery. It's legal research with a twist:
The turn away from law in the social history of slavery in the 1970s through the 1990s coincided with a turn away from comparison. Returning to law, but from a bottom-up rather than top-down perspective, may allow us to escape some of the exceptionalism that has marked studies of the U.S. South – and the U.S. more generally – without falling prey to the overdrawn contrasts of an earlier generation of scholarship.

Full post, with names of scholars working in this area, is here.

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