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Re: Interracial Marriage in Tennessee

In my research dealing with FPOC in antebellum NC, I find that laws were not usually followed very closely when it came to money/fees. I don't have my data with me write now, but there were many cases were slaves were freed and the cost of freeing the slaves was actually in some cases more as 3 times higher than what they actually were required to pay by the court. I think at one point the law required $1000 bond per slave freed and one man got away with freeing 3 slaves for a total of only $500 whereas if the law was followed to the letter, he would have had to pay $3000. I really think it was up to the courts what the final cost would be and laws like that, at least in NC, were used only as guidelines.

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Interracial Marriage in Tennessee
Re: Interracial Marriage in Tennessee

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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