The Duty of Disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Act

The Duty of Disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Act
Anti-Slavery Tracts No. 9, An Appeal To The Legislators Of Massachusetts

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The Duty of Disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Act by Lydia Maria Child

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The Duty of Disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Act
Anti-Slavery Tracts No. 9, An Appeal To The Legislators Of Massachusetts

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n the money. He laughs in your face, and tells you his receipt is worth no more than so much brown paper; that no contracts with a slave are binding. He coolly adds, "Besides, it has taken all my spare money to buy Amy." Perhaps you would have killed him in that moment of desperation, even with the certainty of being burnt to cinders for the deed, but you are too horribly wounded by the lash to be able to spring upon him. In that helpless condition, you are manacled and carried off by the slave-trader. Never again will Amy's gentle eyes look into yours. What she suffers you will never know. She is suddenly wrenched from your youth, as your mother was from your childhood. The pall of silence falls over all her future. She cannot read or write; and the post-office was not instituted for slaves.

Looking back on that dark period of desolation and despair, you marvel how you lived through it. But the nature of youth is elastic. You have learned that law offers colored men nothing but its penalties;

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