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Slave or Free Black Testimony in Court

Is there any situation when a male or female slave or free black person in colonial South Carolina could have spoken in a legal forum (a court, or the Assembly, or before a governor, etc), perhaps, for instance, at the request of a white defendant?  If so, are there any such cases documented?  If there was no such permission ever granted by law, are there any irregular cases of such a person doing so anyway?  I am most interested in a court situation, but I'm curious about other contexts as well.

Thank you in advance,

Fred Witzig, Monmouth College, IL

SC Politics 1847-1852 - Recommended Reading


I'm currently researching the SC period of 1847-52 in regards to secession movement. I've been relying on Hamer's The Secession Movement and Barnwell's Love of Order. Are there other secondary sources you would recommend as valuable to understanding the period?



[Editor's note: This got stuck in our moderating queue, it was submitted a few weeks ago.  We apoloigze to Jonathan]