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.

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About This Item

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

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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