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Buchanan, James (1791-1868) To: James M.H. Beale.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07927 Author/Creator: Buchanan, James (1791-1868) Place Written: Wheatland, near Lancaster Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1851/11/06 Pagination: 1 p. + docket 25 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Forney, a pro-slavery candidate, was "in favor of the maintenance and faithful execution of the fugitive slave laws...and of the suppression of all further agitation of the slavery question."

Background Information:

People: Forney, William, fl. 1851
Buchanan, James, 1791-1868
Beale, James Madison Hite, 1786-1866

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentPoliticsGovernment and CivicsElectionFugitive Slave ActRunaway SlaveAfrican American HistorySlaveryLaw

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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