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Shadrach Minkins: From Fugitive Slave to Citizen

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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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Danoota
Jun 05, 2007 Danoota rated it it was amazing
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
Viola
Feb 15, 2014 Viola rated it really liked it
Good. Educational; looked this up after also reading 12 Years a slave book recently filmed.

Gary Collison, Shadrach Minkins: From Fugitive Slave to Citizen.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (1998 paperback reprint), pp. 11-13. ISBN 0-674-80299-3.
A.C.E. Bauer
An interesting reconstruction of the life of a fugitive slave, with perspectives on the life of black citizens and residents in Norfolk, Virginia, Boston, Mass. and Montreal, Canada during the 19th century.
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Mar 04, 2008 William rated it really liked it
Great historical story of perseverance and courage in a brutal time.
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