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The Wisconsin Supreme Court declares the Fugitive Slave Act unconstitutional, 1854

Unconstitutionality of the Fugitive Slave Act, by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.


The case of Joshua Glover brought the issue of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 to the fore in Wisconsin. For their assistance in guiding Glover to freedom in Canada, abolitionists Sherman Booth and John Rycraft were taken into custody for violation of the Fugitive Slave Act. In 1854, the Wisconsin Supreme Court declared the act a violation of the constitution, clearing Booth and Rycraft of charges. The main reasons for the decision are summarized on the second page of the transcript.

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Related Topics: Wisconsin in the Civil War Era
Abolition and Other Reforms
Creator: Wisconsin Supreme Court
Pub Data: Milwaukee, 1855.
Citation: Unconstitutionality of the Fugitive Slave Act, by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. (Milwaukee, 1855). Online facsimile at:  http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.law/llst.026; Visited on: 4/16/2014
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