The Trials of Anthony Burns

The Trials of Anthony Burns

Freedom and Slavery in Emerson's Boston

Book - 1998
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In 1854 an escaped Virginia slave, Anthony Burns, was captured and brought to trial in Boston and Northerners were unable to ignore the unpleasantness of slavery anymore. This is the story of Burns' trial and of how, arising in abolitionist Boston just as the Kansas-Nebraska Act took effect, it revolutionized the moral and political climate in Massachusettes and sent waves through the nation.
Publisher: Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 1998
ISBN: 9780674039544
0674039548
Branch Call Number: 973.66 Vo
Characteristics: xix, 409 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Von Frank shows how the rendition of the runaway slave, Anthony Burns, led to what he calls a 'pocket revolution' in Northern thought: It was no longer possible to compromise with the South.


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