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- n. Plural form of free state.
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- adj. those of the United States before the Civil War, in which slavery had ceased to exist, or had never existed.
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I REFLECTED much on the views presented by Thornton, and it appeared to me then, as it does now -- although the history of the opposition in the free states of America for several years now past, to the abolitionists, seems to prove his opinions in the main correct -- that he was too illiberal, that the majority of men were not so entirely governed by narrow, selfish motives, as he represented; and I could not but believe that palpable and clear moral truths, and sound political axioms, would eventually prevail over those sordid and selfish propensities which he seemed to think would control the political and moral action of the American people.
It was calculated to drain the free states of their most intelligent, enterprising, and meritorious colored citizens, while it enabled the slaveholder to send to a returnless distance from his native country, the resolute and daring slave, whom it might be dangerous to retain on his plantation.
Very soon after this, my Aunt Jinny and Uncle Noah ran away, and the great noise made about it by your father-in-law, made me for the first time acquainted with the fact, that there were free states as well as slave states.
"But," said Mr. Lundy, "if we can, as we hope we shall, excite the whole people of the free states to exert their influence and efforts, politically and morally, in behalf of the abolition of human slavery, will not their voice have a powerful effect upon the slaveholders of the south?"
As soon as dark came I emerged from my hiding-place, and, after being supplied with what provisions I could conveniently carry, I bid good-by to Christian Dansley and his family, and started on my perilous journey to the free states and Canada.
So when men came to the free states to catch runaway slaves they were received with anger, and everything was done to hinder them in their man-catching work.