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Unknown Read and ponder the Fugitive Slave Law!

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01862 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Broadsides Date: 1850 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: A large anti-Whig broadside, attacking Samuel A. Elliott of Boston, and re-printing the Fugitive Slave law. Emphasis added with capital letters in some sections. Declares that the law is against the Constitution, habeas corpus and Christianity. States that the law, "...tramples on the Constitution, by its denial of the sacred rights of Trial by Jury, Habeas Corpus, and Appeal..." Appeals to the public, "Freemen of Massachusetts, Remember, that Samuel A. Elliott of Boston, voted for this law, that Millard Fillmore, our Whig President approved it..." Contains three columns, a large banner headline, and text framed in black rules. Backed on linen. Printed at the Spy Office, with black borders.


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, Slavery, US Constitution, Religion, Fugitive Slave Act, Law, Runaway Slave, Whigs, Habeas Corpus, Civil Rights, Christianity, President

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