Judge Thomas Ruffin and the Shadows of Southern History by Sally Greene
(an article from Southern Cultures 17:3, The Memory Issue)

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Judge Thomas Ruffin and the Shadows of Southern History
by Sally Greene

North Carolina's State Capitol still houses a statue to one of southern history's most notorious pro-slave-owner judges. Why?

"Ruffin was ideologically sympathetic to the Confederate cause and remained so to his death. 'The power of the master must be absolute,' Ruffin wrote in State v. Mann (1829), 'to render the submission of the slave perfect.' State v. Mann became the most notorious opinion in the entire body of slavery law."
 

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Published September 1, 2011 by The University of North Carolina Press. 42 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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