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Two of the most prominent fugitive slaves of the era...
Item # 636952
November 2, 1850
NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, Nov. 2, 1850
* William and Ellen Craft
* Macon, Georgia slaves
* Escape to the North
Page 5 has three-quarters of a column headed: "The Boston Slave Hunt & the Vigilance Committee" which begins: "The slave hunters, Knights and Hughes, left the city yesterday at 2 o'clock fully persuaded, after a week's trial, that all attempts to arrest Mary[sic. should be William] and Ellen Crafts in the city of Boston were worse than useless..." with much more.
This is actually a very famous case, William & Ellen being slaves who escaped to the North in 1848. Their daring escape was widely publicized making them among the most famous of fugitive slaves. Abolitionists featured them in public lectures to gain support in the struggle to end the institution. As prominent fugitives, they were threatened by slave catchers in Boston (Knights & Hughes) after passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, so the Crafts emigrated to England. See the hyperlink for more.
Eight pages, nice condition.
Category: Pre-Civil War