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Enclosure/Fence Laws

Kousser, J. Morgan (2006) Enclosure/Fence Laws. In: Encyclopedia of Appalachia. University of Tennessee Press , Knoxville, TN. ISBN 9781572334564.

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In England, owners of farm animals were required to fence them in; if an animal damaged someone else’s property, the owner of the animal was liable in court. In comparatively thinly-settled colonial America, however, animals were allowed to run free, and farmers had to build fences around their crops or gardens; if an animal damaged property without a fence around it, the owner of the animal was not guilty of a tort. As settlement patterns became more dense, however, movements to adopt the English system of “stock laws” spread.

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