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Friends of Freedom (1850) Declaration of sentiments of the colored citizens of Boston, on the fugitive slave bill!!!

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05345 Author/Creator: Friends of Freedom (1850) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Broadsides Date: circa 5 October 1850 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: African American citizens of Boston respond to the Fugitive Slave Law. Published by the "Friends of Freedom." Signed in print by Lewis Hayden as President of the Friends of Freedom and William C. Nell as Secretary. Also includes another text block at the bottom titled "Address to the Clergy of Massachusetts." Printed at No. 86 Hanover Street, Boston.

People: Friends of Freedom, 1850.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Slave Life, African American History, Slavery, Fugitive Slave Act, Runaway Slave, Law, Religion, Abolition

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery The Crisis of the 1850's