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Shadrach Minkins: From Fugitive Slave to Citizen
On February 15, 1851, Shadrach Minkins was serving breakfast at a coffeehouse in Boston when history caught up with him. The first runaway to be arrested in New England under the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, this illiterate black man from Virginia found himself the catalyst of one of the most dramatic episodes of rebellion and legal wrangling before the Civil War. In a remarka ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 15th 1998 by Harvard University Press
(first published February 15th 1997)
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This is a non-fiction book about a fugitive slave who made his way to Boston. He was captured in Boston and taken into custody for return to enslavement, but a group of abolitionists stormed the courthouse and took him away, hid him on Beacon Hill, and shunted him via the underground railroad to Canada. President Millard Fillmore himself ordered an indictment against 9 Boston abolitionists, and a trial ensued. This is a wonderful story, very readable. The kind of book that makes you want to go t ...more