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Making Freedom: The Underground Railroad and the Politics of Slavery

R. J. M. Blackett

Abstract

The 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, which mandated action to aid in the recovery of runaway slaves and denied fugitives legal rights if they were apprehended, quickly became a focal point in the debate over the future of slavery and the nature of the union. This book uses the experiences of escaped slaves and those who aided them to explore the inner workings of the Underground Railroad and the enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Law, while shedding light on the political effects of slave escape in southern states, border states, and the North. It highlights the lives of those who escaped, the impact o ... More

Keywords: Fugitive Slave Law, runaway slaves, legal rights, slavery, Underground Railroad, southern states, border states, free blacks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781469608778
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469608785_Blackett

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. J. M. Blackett, author

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