Sunday, November 15, 2009

Broadside

Saw this framed broadside in the Boston Public Library. Boston was a center for the abolitionist movement in the nineeteenth century. Although a Free State, Federal law imposed severe penalties on any person assisting a slave to reach Canada through the Underground Railroad. Bounty hunters lurked and even freemen of color would be kidnapped off the streets and transported back to the South to be sold into slavery.

2 comments:

Jacob said...

Not one of the better chapters in our history and it's always good to read of people who tried to assist those in bondage.

Vogon Poet said...

It is always strange to see in print on an old newspaper the facts you have only read in books. It feels more real...