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Who Claims Me

Ya lets do this thing

marcus goodfellow

on 1 April 2011

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Who Claims Me? Lewis Hayden, was born on December 2, 1811 and died on April 7th, 1889. Anthony Burns was a young boy when he escaped from a plantation in Virgina. He was captured and immidatly arrested on May 24, 1854 in Boston Massachusetts. The federal court of Boston got involved. This was the beginign of the very popular Trial of Anthony Burns. Burns had a Broken wrist and was on the run for two months. Burns was in custady at the courthouse in Bosten for eight straight days. The 1800's were a terriable time for african americans in the united states. Slavery was widely accepted in the south and even in most northan states. Slaves were held captive, forced to do hard manual labor, and subjected to some of the worst living conditions humanly possible.
Benjamin Lay was a white Quacker and a radical abolitionist in the early to mid 1700s. He was one of the first to openly speak against many social institutions including slavery, capital punishment, and the prison system. He used radical methods to get his opinion across like when he dressed up as a black man and went to a Quaker meeting, and proceeded to whip the leaders to show them how the slaves felt. Due to his actions Benjamin Lay’s legacy continued to inspire abolitionists for many generations to come.
The only option for a slave was to die in slavery or die trying to escape to freedom. Many slaves tried to escape using the underground railroad. At the pinical of this was Boston. Boston was a small glimmer of freedom for fugtive slaves. There you could find the groups of white and black abolitionists who would risk their lives for the freedom of the former slaves. Thomas Sims was an ex slave who had escaped from slavery in Georgia and fled to Boston to live as a free man. He was later arrested under the fugitive slave law which led to an incredibly heated court trial. Thomas was eventually convicted and sent back to Georgia even with strong abolitionist protest, this court hearing became known as the “Sims Tragedy.” As more and more slaves escaped the more slave owners tried to stop them. Many slave owners offered high cash rewards for the return of their slaves which led to more and more people trying to catch runaways for profit. Many blacks were falsely accused of being ex slaves just so the slave hunters could make a profit. Abolitionism is a movement to end slavery
Although blacks were still not treated as equals in Boston, Boston had a large group of the population that would take the side of the former slaves. Things like harassing the slave catchers or warning the town of warrants or arrests occurred numerous amounts of time. There were many groups and individuals waiting for run-away slaves if they made it to Boston. Houses had secret rooms, stores and shops had hiding places, there were many places that they were willing to hide slaves. Here are some examples of what happened to some of the slaves in Boston and what actions were taken to prevent the fugitive slaves to returning to a life of slavery.
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