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Volume Listing > Volume 82 > The public life and private affairs of Sherman M. Booth

Butler, Diane S. "The public life and private affairs of Sherman M. Booth"


The Public Life and Private Affairs of Sherman M. Booth: This article describes the life and accomplishments of Sherman Booth (1812-1904), the abolitionist editor who was a key figure in the antislavery movement in Wisconsin. In 1854 Booth was arrested for violating the Fugitive Slave Act when he helped to rescue runaway slave Joshua Glover (dates unverified). Booth appealed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which ruled that the 1850 law was unconstitutional and upheld states rights over federal authority. The article is also critical of its subject, portraying Booth as a man who flouted social conventions, considered himself above the law, married three times, and was accused of seducing (possibly raping) a teenage girl in 1859. (31 pages)

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Citation: Butler, Diane S. "The public life and private affairs of Sherman M. Booth" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 82 /Issue: 3 (1998-1999)

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