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On the Edge of FreedomThe Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820–1870$
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David G. Smith

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240326

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240326.001.0001

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South Central Pennsylvania, Fugitive Slaves, and the Underground Railroad

South Central Pennsylvania, Fugitive Slaves, and the Underground Railroad

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(p.12) 1 South Central Pennsylvania, Fugitive Slaves, and the Underground Railroad
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On the Edge of Freedom
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David G. Smith

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823240326.003.0002

This chapter goes into detail about the border environment, south central Pennsylvania's ties to the South, and the various communities which made it up. Early fugitive slave cases are discussed, as are routes and participants in the area's Underground Railroad (such as William Wright's family). Fugitive slave ads in Gettysburg newspaper are used for evidence, as are local court records. It shows how that in the border North (border Pennsylvania), community social and economic ties with the South could complicate taking a strong stand on slavery or fugitive slaves.

Keywords:   border Pennsylvania, Underground Railroad, William Wright, warrant of removal, fugitive slaves, fugitive slave ads, runaway ads, border North

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