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Tappan, Lewis (1788-1873) The fugitive slave bill: its history and unconstitutionality

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05118 Author/Creator: Tappan, Lewis (1788-1873) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Pamphlet Date: 1850 Pagination: 36 p. ; 17 x 10.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Gives various arguments why the Fugitive Slave bill should be declared unconstitutional. Also tells the story of James Hamlet, a mulatto arrested under the law despite protests that he was not a slave. Eventually Hamlet was returned to freedom. Full title reads: "The Fugitive Slave Bill: its history and unconstitutionality; with an account of the seizure and enslavement of James Hamlet, and his subsequent restoration to liberty." Printed by William Harned. First edition. With handwritten notes in an unknown hand in pencil on pages 24-6, 28, 30, 32, 24 and 36.

People: Tappan, Lewis, 1788-1873

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: American Anti-Slavery Society MemberEnslaved peopleSlaveryAfrican American HistoryLawUS ConstitutionRunaway SlaveFugitive Slave ActFreemenAbolitionReform Movement

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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