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Fugitive Slave Law petition

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Title

Fugitive Slave Law petition

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Description

An image of the petition containing 2,347 signatures of Rhode Island citizens protesting the Fugitive Slave Law, February 1851.

The Fugitive Slave Law or Fugitive Slave Act was passed by the United States Congress on September 18, 1850, as part of the Compromise of 1850. It declared that all runaway slaves be brought back to their masters.

See also:
General Assembly - Prisoner/Judicial Petitions, Committee on, 1829-1862

General Assembly - Petitions Failed / Withdrawn, 1811-1874

General Assembly - Petitions Received, 1725-1890

Creator

Citizens of Rhode Island

Publisher

Rhode Island State Archives

Date

1851 February

Rights

Copyright is in the public domain unless otherwise specified. We reserve the right to restrict reproduction of materials due to preservation concerns.

Format

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Language

eng

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Text

To the Honorable General Assembly of the State of Rhode-
Island.
We, the colored citizens of Providence in said State, respectfully ask
your honorable body to PROTEST, in the name of the State, against a law passed at the late
session of Congress, in relation to the surrender of Fugitive Slaves, and to instruct the Sena-
tors, and request the Representatives in Congress from this State, to make every effort, for its
immediate repeal. And we further ask your honorable body, to devise and establish such fur-
ther safeguards of our rights and liberties, as may be required in consequence of the passage
of said law.

Original Format

paper

Citation

Citizens of Rhode Island, "Fugitive Slave Law petition," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #489, http://www.sos.ri.gov/virtualarchives/items/show/489 (accessed September 2, 2014).