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The captive's quest for freedom : fugitive slaves, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and the politics of slavery /

R.J.M. Blackett, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee.

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Author: Blackett, R. J. M.
Published: New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Series: Slaveries since emancipation.
Topics: Fugitive slaves - United States. | Fugitive slaves - Legal status, laws, etc. - United States. | Slavery - Political aspects - United States - History - 19th century. | Slavery - United States - Legal status of slaves in free states. | Antislavery movements - United States - History - 19th century. | United States. Fugitive slave law (1850)
Regions: United States.
Genres: History.
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245 14|aThe captive's quest for freedom :|bfugitive slaves, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and the politics of slavery /|cR.J.M. Blackett, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee.
264 1|aNew York, NY, USA :|bCambridge University Press,|c2018.
264 4|c©2018
300 |axvii, 511 pages :|billustrations, maps ;|c24 cm.
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490 1 |aSlaveries since emancipation
504 |aIncludes bibliographical references (pages 461-481) and index.
505 0 |aPart I. The slave power asserts its rights. The Fugitive Slave Law -- The law does its work -- Compromise and colonize -- Part II. Freedom's fires burn. Missouri and Illinois -- Western Kentucky and Indiana -- Eastern Kentucky and Ohio -- Southeast Pennsylvania -- Eastern shore of Maryland and Philadelphia -- New York -- Massachusetts -- Conclusion.
520 |a"[This book explores] the impact fugitive slaves had on the politics of the critical decade leading up to the Civil War. Through the close reading of diverse sources ranging from government documents to personal accounts, [the author] traces the decisions of slaves to escape, the actions of those who assisted them, the many ways black communities responded to the capture of fugitive slaves, and how local laws either buttressed or undermined enforcement of the federal law. Every effort to enforce the law in northern communities produced levels of subversion that generated national debate so much so that, on the eve of secession, many in the South, looking back on the decade, could argue that the law had been effectively subverted by those individuals and states who assisted fleeing slaves."--|cProvided by publisher.
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