This introduction discusses the characteristics of the antislavery movement's print campaign and its appeals to popular legal consciousness. The abolitionist propagandists spearheaded a print campaign of the legislative and judicial crises of slavery for the American public, seeking to sharpen their familiarity with due process. The gathering of antislavery evidence and cultivation of legal spectatorship by abolitionists aimed to educate the American public about the specific points of law at issue in slavery's legal controversies, and to appeal to the people as an authoritative alternative tribunal.
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