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The Case of Mary Clark, A Woman of Colour

Supreme Court of Judicature of the State of Indiana
1 Blackf. 122 (1821)


Facts

Johnston (plaintiff) alleged that Clark (defendant) was his servant by indenture. Clark executed and acknowledged the contract, whereby she agreed to serve Johnston for 20 years. The circuit court deemed the indenture sufficient and remanded Clark to Johnston’s custody. Clark appealed to the Supreme Court of Judicature of the State of Indiana.

Rule of Law

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Issue

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Holding and Reasoning (Holman, J.)

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  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

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