Hurd, Rollin C. A Treatise on the Right of Personal Liberty, and of the Writ of Habeas Corpus and the Practice Connected with It: With a View of the Law of Extradition of Fugitives. Originally published: Albany: W.C. Little & Co., 1858. xxvii, 677 pp. Reprinted 2010 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781616190910; ISBN-10: 1616190914. Paperback. New. $19.95 * Reprint of the first edition. Published a year before John Brown's raid and three years before the outbreak of the Civil War, this was the first book-length work to treat the status of slaves at length. As such, it is a landmark work in the bibliography of American civil liberties. Hurd [1815-1874] reviews the statutes concerning fugitive slaves and their extradition, analyzes the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and discusses the application of habeas corpus to slave issues. The list of cases cited by Hurd includes such landmarks as Jack v. Martin and Prigg v. Pennsylvania. See Finkelman, Slavery in the Courtroom 296.
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