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The Violence of Colonial Slave Codes

slaveryBaylor University history professor Thomas Kidd writes about the violent and cruel laws used in Anglo-British colonial America to control slaves’ behavior. The brief article is particularly interesting because he describes how in 1710 one evangelical Christian congregation’s response to a particularly brutal form of punishment was decidedly mixed. According to Kidd, Christians looking for condemnations of slavery in the Bible were disappointed by what little support for opposition they found there, but they did find support for the anti-slavery position based on the cruelty of the institution.

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The Founding Fathers You Never Heard Of

Thomas Kidd, a Patrick Henry scholar who is an associate professor of history at Baylor University, offers this essay on little-remembered Founding Fathers. It’s worth a read, but I confess that one of my first responses was “John Zubly?” Well, Kidd does concede that the choice is a historical “wildcard.” Read on. 

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July 3, 2012 · 7:17 am