This essay brings law more fully into the rituals of terror, the fictions of slavery that Brown portrays so powerfully in *The Reaper's Garden.* In tracking the ghost-ridden traces of persons and property, I consider how palpable and visible remain the deposits of slave history, how natural become the uses of the supernatural. What are the limits of legal thought, and how deeply did it impress and transform the understanding of the sacred, not only for slaves but also for masters?

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