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By Carol E. Mull

Even though residing a ways north of the Mason-Dixon line, many mid-nineteenth-century electorate of Michigan rose as much as protest the ethical offense of slavery; they released an abolitionist newspaper and based an anti-slavery society, in addition to a crusade for emancipation. by way of the 1840s, a well known abolitionist from Illinois had crossed the nation line to Michigan, constructing new stations at the Underground Railroad. This e-book is the 1st entire exploration of abolitionism and the community of break out from slavery within the kingdom. First-person bills are interwoven with an expansive historic review of nationwide occasions to supply a clean exam of Michigan's serious position within the circulate to finish American slavery.

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The Underground Railroad in Michigan

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As witnessed in the account of Saby and Isom, blacks attempted to build communities in the Northwest Territory. Along the Mississippi River, escaping slaves boarded steamboats to carry them eventually to Michigan and Canada. 5 Southern Illinois and Indiana were dangerous places for abolitionists during the antebellum period. Ohio’s Western Reserve was a stronghold of abolition, but an early Virginia Reserve in the southern region of the state attracted proslavery settlers. In 1829, white citizens in Cincinnati enacted laws to remove the free people of color from the city.

Their acquaintance James Williams, across the river in Cincinnati, bought a team of horses, a wagon, weapons, and a jug of whiskey. The group got a pass to attend a camp meeting but, instead, met a ferryman who took them in his boat across the Ohio River to the wagon. Binga described the group as follows: “My father had 2 boys, one girl and a wife, and there were two other, The most dangerous part of an escape was in the South. B. [1849] Narrative of William W. Brown, an American Slave. Written by Himself.

Weld’s Seventy With help from Henry B. Stanton, a young journalist and former Lane student, Weld began recruiting men and women for the Lane Agency Scheme. Based on Finney’s revivals, Weld and his recruits would deliver abolition talks in towns and villages. ”10 Those newly reformed citizens would create local abolition societies. Eventually, state antislavery societies would exert the necessary power to force national political and legislative change. Michigan was part of that scheme. Six former Lane students accepted antislavery agencies and were in the field in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and New York throughout 1835.

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