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Williamson, Passmore (b. 1822) Narrative of facts in the case of Passmore Williamson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08854 Author/Creator: Williamson, Passmore (b. 1822) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Pamphlet Date: 1855 Pagination: 24 p. ; 19.5x12.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Relates the story of Passmore Williamson, an abolitionist who was imprisoned for helping a slave named Jane escape her master while in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Because Jane was already in the North, Williamson informed her she was free and enabled her to slip away from her master. He spent three months in jail for his actions, and his case became a highly publicized one. Pamphlet is side-stitched, published by the Philadelphia Anti-Slavery Society in response to debates about the Fugitive Slave Law.

People: Williamson, Passmore

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Enslaved peopleAbolitionAfrican American HistorySlaveryFugitive Slave ActWomen's HistoryPrisonerLaw

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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