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FT-51227-03Research Programs: Summer StipendsBrian OwensbyJustice against Powerful Hands: Law and Colonial Lives in 17th-Century Mexico6/1/2003 - 7/31/2003$5,000.00Brian Owensby   University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleVA22903-4833USA2003Latin American HistorySummer StipendsResearch Programs5000050000

Colonial Mexico was saturated in law. I want to discern how people differently situated in 17th-century Mexican society understood their relationship to law. I will explore procedural nuances as well as how litigants, judges, lawyers, and witnesses related to the central tenets of Spanish law--liberty, rights, royal protection, obedience, authority, possession, power. For summer 2003, I propose to examine a collection of appellate cases at the national archive in Mexico City that have not previously been available to researchers. These documents, which will be available in June 2003, will allow a much finer-grained analysis of the relationship between courts of the first instance and the appeals process than has been possible in the past.