Morris, Thomas D. Free Men All: The Personal Liberty Laws of the North 1780-1861. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974. xii, 253 pp. Reprinted 2010 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781616190972. ISBN-10: 1616190973. Paperback. New. $39.95 * The personal liberty laws expressed a commitment to abolition and personal freedom and helped to lay the foundation for the Fourteenth Amendment. Morris examines those statutes as enacted in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Ohio and Wisconsin, and argues that these laws were an alternative to the violence allowed by the southern slave codes and the extreme abolitionist viewpoints of the north. "Morris's well-researched book is an excellent example of the work of those American historians who believe that legal-constitutional history is intellectual history.. Morris's work is...a solid contribution to the literature of the law of slavery and abolition and is a welcome addition to William R. Leslie's seminal dissertation (University of Michigan, 1945) on the Fugitive Slave Clause." --MARY F. BERRY, The American Historical Review 80 (1974) 1386-87. THOMAS D. MORRIS [1938-] taught in the Department of History, Portland State University, and is the author of Southern Slavery and the Law, 1619-1860.
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