The Town That Started the Civil War

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Syracuse University Press, 1990 - History - 315 pages
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Recounts how the pro-abolitionist people of Oberlin, Ohio rescued a man from slave hunters in 1858 and the subsequent trial of the leaders of the rescuers
 

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The Town That Started the Civil War by Nat Brandt ★★★ Premise: a little-known event that occurred in the college town of Oberlin, Ohio, a stop on the Underground Railroad. Slave-hunters incurred ... Read full review

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The place was Oberlin, an Ohio college town and Underground Railroad station. The year was 1858. Claiming a law higher than the federal Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, scores of blacks and whites foiled ... Read full review

Contents

The Slave and the Student
v
The Law
xv
Nigger Town
7
The ManStealers
32
Ambush
43
To the Rescue
50
The Rescue
69
From Snowy White to Sooty
94
The Case Against the White Clerk
125
The Case Against the Black Schoolteacher
148
A Common Humanity
165
Wightmans Castle
173
The Rally and the Ruling
185
I Was in Prison and Ye Came unto Me
198
Aftermath
220
Copyright

Legal Maneuvers Politics as Usual
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