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Resistance (Jordan, 1991)

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Winthrop D. Jordan, Miriam Greenblatt, and John S. Bowes, The Americans: A History (Evanston: McDougal, Little & Company, 1991), 337.

A number of dramatic incidents grealty inflamed Northern opinion about both slavery and the South.  Early in 1851 a black man named Frederick Wilkins was working quietly as a waiter in a Boston coffeehouse.  Suddenly he was seized by a Virginia slave catcher who knew him as Shadrach, a runaway slave.  While Wilkins was being held for return to Virginia, a crowd of African Americans burst into the courthouse and led him away to safety. ... Several years later, federal troops lined the streets of Boston as a fugitive slave named Anthony Burns was marched from the courthouse to a ship waiting to carry him back to Virginia.  A gigantic crowd of fifty thousand people hissed and shouted in protest.
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