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Boomer, Susan B. (fl. 1848-1858)

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09292 Author/Creator: Boomer, Susan B. (fl. 1848-1858) Place Written: s.l. Type: Diary Date: 1848-1858 Pagination: 33 p. ; 22 x 18 cm.

Summary of Content: Diary of a young woman who left Massachusetts to settle in Bristol, Illinois, with opinions on slavery, patriotism, the Compromise of 1850, and the Fugitive Slave Act. "I spent the night at Uncle James's. During the evening a fugitive slave was introduced to the family. He was entertained with more sympathy than is common for strangers. And indeed his situation demanded it. A man bearing the image of his God & equally deserving to enjoy equal freedom.… I never saw a man fleeing for his freedom before.… I am reading Sewards life of J. Q. Adams. It arouses in my soul the spirit of Revolutionary days.… such bills as have passed during the last session of congress would never have found a place in the annals of that body-granting lands to Texas to make slave states in a future day-then the infamous Fugitive Slave bill! What high treason to freemen-opening our gates for an influx of irresponsible men-hunters-forbiding us by law & with a penalty affixed to feed the flying outcast. It is the highest treason the world ever witnessed. The constitution was wrought by the blood of freemen."

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Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: US ConstitutionReligionWomen's HistorySlaveryFugitive Slave ActRunaway SlaveAfrican American HistoryCongressLawTexasTreasonFreemenSlave Life

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