03 junho 2017

The Negro Seaman Acts



These were laws passed in South Carolina, which allowed people to imprison free African-American sailors while their ships were docked in South Carolina. In fact, they were required to be jailed for the duration of the vessel’s visit! The captain had to pay their jail fees to get them out. If the captain refused to pay the jail fees, the sailors could be sold into slavery.

The US Circuit Court and the US Attorney General found the law unconstitutional. South Carolina did not care. This law was on the books in South Carolina from 1822 to 1863.

I t also applied to British citizens of African descent, which did not please Her Majesty’s Government.  http://ift.tt/2qRJfIH

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