Lewis Paul Todd and Merle Curti, Triumph of the American Nation (Orlando: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, 1986), 401.
In Boston, the day after the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed, armed forces were needed to enforce the Fugitive Slave Law. A battalion of United States artillery, four platoons of marines, and a sheriff's posse were called out to escort a runaway slave from the courthouse to the ship that was waiting to carry him back to the South Everywhere throughout the North, people once again talked about slavery. The Fugitive Slave Law became increasingly difficult to enforce. 'Anti-Nebraska' meetings were held, at which Douglas was denounced for reopening the slavery dispute.