Though the Heavens May Fall: The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery

By: Wise, Steven M.

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The case of James Somerset, an escaped slave, in June of 1772 in London's Westminster Hall was a decisive turning point in human history. Steven Wise has uncovered fascinating new revelations in this case, which statesmen of the time threatened would bring the economy of the British Empire to a crashing halt. In a gripping, hour-by-hour narrative of the trial and the inflamed participants, Wise leads the reader to the extraordinary and unexpected decision by the great conservative judge, Lord Mansfield, which led to the United States' own abolition movement. As the case drew to a close, and defenders of slavery pleaded with him to maintain the system, Mansfield's reply has resounded down through more than two centuries: "Let Justice be done, though the Heavens may fall."

Title: Though the Heavens May Fall: The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery

Author/Composer: Wise, Steven M.

Categories: History General Topics,

Publisher: Da Capo Press: 2006-02-15

ISBN Number: 0306814501

ISBN Number 13: 9780306814501

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

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Type: Paperback

Seller ID: 000431

Description: Very Good Condition: Unmarked. Tight binding. Very minor visible cover wear and outer soil. Paperback book copy of Though the Heavens May Fall: The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery by Steven M. Wise. A Merloyd Lawrence Book. New York: Da Capo Press (Perseus Books Group), 2005. xvi, 282 pages. 6 x 9 inches, 23 cm. Current list price 19.00. Shipping weight 2 pounds: Additional shipping fee may be requested on international order. Summary: Perhaps no trial changed the course of history as much as one that took place in London in 1772: the case of James Somerset, a black man rescued from a ship bound for the West Indies slave markets. Wise sets the stage for the extraordinary decision by the notoriously conservative judge, Lord Mansfield. That decision would set in motion the abolition of slavery in both England and the United States. Free shipping on domestic orders $25 and over!

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