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Anthony Burns: The Defeat And Triumph Of A Fugitive Slave

Anthony Burns: The Defeat And Triumph Of A Fugitive Slave

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A biography of the slave who escaped to Boston in 1854, was arrested at the instigation of his owner, and whose trial caused a furor between abolitionists and those determined to enforce the Fugitive Slave Acts. The year is 1854. Anthony Burns, a Virginia slave, has escaped to Boston, but his freedom is short-lived. According to the Fugitive Slave Act, a runaway can be captured in any free state, and Burns is soon imprisoned. The antislavery forces in Massachusetts are outraged. Abolitionist lawyer Richard Dana steps forward to defend Burns free of charge, and the sensational trial brings massive riots and thousands of troops to the streets of Boston. At the center of it all, haunted by memories of his life as a slave and praying that his defenders will prevail, is Anthony Burns himself. This is the true story of his desperate fight for freedom.

Book Details

Author Virginia Hamilton
Publication Year 1989
Publisher Scholastic
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780590428934
Number of Pages 186
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