University of North Carolina Press
Kimberly Welch has written a superb book. In Black Litigants in the Antebellum American South, Welch invites her reader into the local courtrooms in the Natchez district of Mississippi and Louisiana to witness a version of the slave South that, until recently, few historians had bothered to tell, or perhaps had even imagined. It is a version that shows persons of color—free and enslaved—as litigators, as people using the law to actively protect their interests and shape their own destinies.
Gillmer, Jason A.
"Black Litigants in the Antebellum American South,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 21
Available at: https://repository.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol21/iss1/9