The Fugitive Slave Law

The Fugitive Slave Law

The Fugitive Slave Law
An April 24, 1851 poster warning the “colored people of Boston” about policemen acting as slave catchers.

The Fugitive Slave Law was enacted by Congress in September, 1850, received the signature of Howell Cobb, of Georgia, as Speaker of the House of Representatives, of William R. King, of Alabama, as President of the Senate, and was “approved,” September 18th, of that year, by Millard Fillmore, Acting President of the United States.

The authorship of the Bill is generally ascribed to James M. Mason, Senator from Virginia. Before proceeding to the principal object of this tract, it is proper to give a synopsis of the Act itself, which was well called, by the New York Evening Post, “An Act for the Encouragement of Kidnapping.”

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Names mentioned in work:

Adam Gibson
Anthony Burns
Basil White
Bill, or William Thomas
Charles Wedley
Daniel ??
Daniel Hawkins
Daughter of Samuel Godshall
Edward Davis
Elizabeth Williams
Euphemia Williams or Mrs. Tamor
Frank Jackson
George Clark
George Mitchell
George W. McQuerry
Helen or Hannah
Henry Garnett
Henry Long
Henry Massey
Horace Preston
Jacob Green
James Cotes
James Hamlet
James Phillips
James Tasker
Jane Johnson
Jane Moore
Jane Trainer
John Bolding
John Freeman
John Henry Wilson
Joshua Glover
Moses Johnson
Passmore Williamson
Patrick Sneed
Rachel Parker
Ralls and Logan
Richard Gardiner
Richard Neal
Rosetta Armstead
Stephen Bennett
Stephen Pembroke
The Lemmon Slaves
Thomas Brown
Thomas Hall
Thomas Scott Johnson
Thomas Sims
William and Ellen Craft
William Smith


American Anti-Slavery Society. The Fugitive Slave Law, and its Victims. New York: American Anti-Slavery Society. 1856.

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