Nancy, A Woman of Colour or Negro vs Joseph Butler, Clark County, Arkansas Territory
This manuscript is a legal complaint to the circuit court of Clark County, Arkansas Territory, recording the efforts of Nancy, a free Black woman, to recover damages from Joseph Butler for assault, battery, and false imprisonment in the Arkansas Territory. This complaint notes that Butler’s actions to force Nancy into servitude were both “against the law of the land and the will of the plaintiff.” A testimony and protest as much as a court document, this single page is also an example of a legal strategy in the long and fierce battle for freedom in the decades before the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation.
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