Tag Archives: Fugitive Slave Act

“Hope that…I may be the last victim of the slave power:” George Gordon, an Abolitionist Prosecuted and Pardoned by Lincoln

ECW welcomes back guest author Max Longley “Who’s there?” “A friend in the dark.” These were the jealously-guarded passwords by which those fleeing slavery exchanged recognitions with Underground Railroad operators in Morrow County, Ohio.[1] The President of Morrow County’s racially-integrated … Continue reading

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Patriotic Covers and Northern Attitudes about Slavery

ECW welcomes back guest author Leon Reed Patriotic envelopes (also known as covers) provide important insights into public opinion in the Civil War. These envelopes were made for profit by commercial printers, who would have carefully tracked what was selling … Continue reading

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Cartooning Contraband: Humor in Harper’s Weekly

ECW welcomes back guest author Cameron Sauers No major battle had yet occurred in May of 1861, but a major military decision had already altered the course of war. Union General Benjamin Butler had decided the fate of three slaves … Continue reading

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June 28, 1864: “Hereby, Repealed”

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section three and five of an act entitled “An act respecting fugitives from justice and persons escaping from the service … Continue reading

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What Was So Wrong with Slavery?

“What was so wrong with slavery and why did it cause the Civil War?” This question was asked of a seasonal park ranger at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center a few years ago. This question was asked by a white … Continue reading

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Millard Fillmore’s Position on Slavery Still Causing Controversy in His Hometown

The Fugitive Slave Act is still causing a stir 165 years after it was passed—at least in Buffalo, NY. It is likely that anyone who has been to the city has noticed a commonality among its shops, hospitals, and landmarks: … Continue reading

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