The American Slave Code in Theory and Practice: Its Distinctive Features shown by its Statutes, Judicial decisions, and Illustrative Facts.; William Goodell; 1853 ; 433 total pages.
This book was written as a response to criticism received by the book "Uncle Tom's Cabin stating that it was exaggerated and slaves were not treated that badly. The introduction was written by Hon. William Jay, Son of the former New York Governor and first Chief Justice of the United States John Jay. It reviews all of the laws and court cases of the period and proves that, although perhaps not common, such treatment and worse was both allowed and tolerated under the Law