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Prigg, Edward (fl. 1842) Report of the case of Edward Prigg against the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Argued and adjudged in the Supreme Court of the United States, at January term, 1842. In which it was decided that all the laws of the several states relative to fugitive slaves are unconstitutional and void...

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08856 Author/Creator: Prigg, Edward (fl. 1842) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Book Date: 1842 Pagination: 1 v. : 140 p. ; 25.2 x 15 cm.

Summary of Content: (title continues)... and that Congress have the exclusive power of legislation on the subject of fugitive slaves escaping into other states. Reported by Richard Peters, reporter of the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States. Stereotyped by L. Johnson. Contains a George Peabody College for Teachers Library sticker on inner front cover. Signed on front flyleaf by Congressman Richard Wigginton Thompson of Indiana.

Background Information: In Prigg v. Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court upheld federal over state law, overturning charges against Prigg, who had abducted a former slave, intending to sell her back into slavery. Richard ...Wigginton Thompson served in the Indiana House of Representatives and then the Indiana Senate; he was a representative to the U.S. Congress 1841-1843 and 1847-1849. He also was appointed Secretary of the Navy under President Rutherford B. Hayes, serving 1877-1880.See More

People: Prigg, Edward, fl. 1842

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: US ConstitutionEnslaved peopleSupreme CourtJudiciaryLawAfrican American HistorySlaveryFugitive Slave ActRunaway Slave

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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