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  • On the other hand, he generally steered clear of fugitive-slave cases, “because of his unwillingness to be a party to a violation of the Fugitive Slave Law, arguing that the way to overcome the difficulty was to repeal the law.”

    Lincoln’s Emancipation

  • As I indicated in my review, I was fascinated by Slaughter's accounts of unrelated riots, crimes, and trials but kept wondering how Hanway's acquittal "impinged on other fugitive-slave cases" and what the Christiana resistance meant as a model and example to black leaders in the 1850s.

    Milton wrote his best lines blind

  • He supported fugitive-slave laws that returned escaped slaves to their masters, though he knew they would face certain brutality or even death.

    Lanny Davis: How We Will Feel if Obama Wins

  • The 1850 fugitive-slave law added fuel to the fire, gave impetus to the so-called Underground Railway spiriting fugitives to Canada, and set off a course of legal wrangling that reached a climax in the Dred Scott case.50

    A History of American Law

  • On the enforcement issues under the fugitive-slave laws, see Robert Cover, Justice Accused: Anti-Slavery and the Judicial Process (1975); Paul Finkelman, An Imperfect Union: Slavery, Federalism, and Comity (1981), deals with the tangled issues of the extraterritorial effects of slavery in a federal union which was half slave and half free.

    A History of American Law

  • There was, of course, another side to this picture: the growing abolition movement and the stubbornness of the North toward the various fugitive-slave laws.

    A History of American Law

  • The minutemen, those self-deputized, modern-day fugitive-slave catchers, stand ready at the border to arrest, shoot and kill Mexicans, ostensibly for the good of the nation.

    The Perfect Smokescreen

  • Some masters, who fail from defect of temper or disposition to secure the affections of the conquered people, frequently find themselves left without a single servant, in consequence of the absence and impossibility of enforcing a fugitive-slave law, and the readiness with which those who are themselves subjected assist the fugitives across the rivers in canoes.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • In 1850 the famous Whig senator Daniel Webster defended his support for a tough fugitive-slave law on such grounds.

    On Abortion: A Lincolnian Position

  • The fugitive-slave clause of the Constitution and the law for the suppression of the foreign slave trade are each as well enforced, perhaps, as any law can ever be in a community where the moral sense of the people imperfectly supports the law itself.

    Abraham Lincoln: First Inaugural Address


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