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Edward E. Baptist. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. New York: Basic Books, 2014. 498 pp. $35.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-465-00296-2.
Reviewed by Fatjon Kaja (City College New York)
Published on H-Law (July, 2016)
Commissioned by Charles L. Zelden
The Half Has Now Been Told
I don't know the Pennsylvania law, but the *English* law at this period only gave the widow of an intestate decedent one third of his *freehold land* which had not been settled in his lifetime. It was normal practice to settle land in lifetime in order to 'contract out' of this right.