Fugitive Slaves

Fugitive Slaves : 1619-1865

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Fugitive Slaves (1619-1865) - By Marion Gleason McDougall - The history of Fugitive Slaves and the Fugitive Slave Acts and Fugitive State Laws - The first attempt to enforce the act of 1793, of which any record has been discovered, immediately revealed its unfairness, and the indisposition of the North to carry it out.Mr. Josiah Quincy, then a young lawyer, afterwards known as a public man and the President of Harvard College, has left an interesting account of his connection with the case. "He states that the process was issued by a justice of the peace, that he was retained as counsel for the alleged slave, that he prepared his brief, and went down loaded with all the necessary authorities. He found a great crowd of people assembled; but while he was in the midst of the argument, he heard a noise, and, turning around, he saw the constables lying sprawling on the floor, and a passage opening through the crowd, through which the fugitive was taking his departure without stopping to hear the opinion of the court, and that was the last of that case, and that was the last of the law of 1793 in Massachusetts."
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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 177.8 x 254 x 10.16mm | 403.7g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514620448
  • 9781514620441