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Fugitive Slave Act cartoon, 1851

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

The cartoon entitled "Practical illustration of the Fugitive Slave Law" shows abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison (left) holding a slave woman in one arm and pointing a pistol toward a burly slave catcher mounted on the back of Daniel Webster.

The print might have been produced in Boston, a center of bitter opposition to the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850 and 1851.

Other Information

  • Title: Fugitive Slave Act cartoon, 1851
  • Creation Date: 1851
  • Subject Date: 1851
  • Town: Boston
  • County: Suffolk
  • State: MA, SC
  • Media: Lithograph on wove paper, jpg
  • Dimensions (cm): 28.3 x 36.3
  • Local Code: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, PC/US - 1851.C619, no. 42 (B size)
  • Object Type: Image

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