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Making FreedomThe Underground Railroad and the Politics of Slavery$
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R. J. M. Blackett

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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. The Workings of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law

. The Workings of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law

(p.32) 2. The Workings of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law
Making Freedom

R. J. M. Blackett

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the impact of a series of fugitive slave cases in southeastern Pennsylvania in the wake of the passage of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law. It also explores the role of the area's black communities as they organized to defend the fugitives in their midst. Such actions exacerbated political tension in the state as well as increased conflict between Pennsylvania and the slaveholding states to the south. What happened in this area of Pennsylvania was also played out in other sections of the North.

Keywords:   slavery, fugitive slave cases, southeastern Pennsylvania, black communities

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