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Slave Trials in Anderson and Spartanburg Counties, South Carolina, 1818-1861

Resource Type
Dataset : individual-level public record data
  • Hindus, Michael S.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Antebellum South (USA); nineteenth century; slaves; trials; verdicts
  • Abstract

    This dataset is part of a larger data collection effort conducted by the principal investigator to study crime, justice, and penal reform in Massachusetts and South Carolina from 1760 to 1880. Data are presented in this file on over 600 slave trials in two counties of ante-bellum South Carolina from 1818 to 1861. Included are variables documenting the accused crime, verdict, punishment, and item stolen (if applicable), as well as the defendant's name, sex, status, owner, and date of the trial.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1818 / 1861
    Time period: 1818--1861
Geographic Coverage
  • South Carolina
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Male and female slaves tried for accused crimes in Spartanburg and Anderson counties, South Carolina.
2007-09-18 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8674 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08674.v1
  • Hindus, Michael S.. Black justice under white law: Criminal prosecutions of blacks in antebellum South Carolina. Journal of American History.63, (3), 575-599.1976.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Hindus, Michael S. (1989): Slave Trials in Anderson and Spartanburg Counties, South Carolina, 1818-1861. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.