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Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad

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Fugitive slaves were reported in the American colonies as early as the 1640s, and escapes escalated with the growth of slavery over the next 200 years. As the number of fugitives rose, the Southern states pressed for harsher legislation to prevent escapes. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 criminalized any assistance, active or passive, to a runaway slave—yet it only encouraged the behavior it sought to prevent. Friends of the fugitive, whose previous assistance to runaways had been somewhat haphazard, increased their efforts at organization. By the onset of the Civil War in 1861, the Underground Railroad included members, defined stops, set escape routes and a code language. From the abolitionist movement to the Zionville Baptist Missionary Church, this encyclopedia focuses on the people, ideas, events and places associated with the interrelated histories of fugitive slaves, the African American struggle for equality and the American antislavery movement. Information is drawn from primary sources such as public records, document collections, slave autobiographies and antebellum newspapers.

Occasional Publications of the Illinois State Historical Society

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The City of London Poll Book Election 1837

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The Scottish Jurist

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Macmillan s Magazine

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Midnight Assassin

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In 1900, Margaret Hossack, the wife of a prominent Iowa farmer, was arrested for bludgeoning her husband to death with an ax while their children slept upstairs. The community was outraged: How could a woman commit such an act of violence? Firsthand accounts describe the victim, John Hossack, as a cruel and unstable man. Perhaps Margaret Hossack was acting out of fear. Or perhaps the story she told was true—that an intruder broke into the house, killed her husband while she slept soundly beside him, and was still on the loose. Newspapers across the country carried the story, and community sentiment was divided over her guilt. At trial, Margaret was convicted of murder, but later was released on appeal. Ultimately, neither her innocence nor her guilt was ever proved. Patricia Bryan and Thomas Wolf examine the harsh realities of farm life at the turn of the century and look at the plight of women—legally, socially, and politically—during that period. What also emerges is the story of early feminist Susan Glaspell, who covered the Hossack case as a young reporter and later used it as the basis for her acclaimed work “ A Jury of Her Peers.” Midnight Assassin expertly renders the American character and experience: our obsession with crime, how justice is achieved, and the powerful influence of the media.

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Author : Illinois State Historical Society
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Accounts and Papers of the House of Commons

Author : Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons
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Preservation Illinois

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A Guide to Early American Homes

Author : Dorothy Pratt
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Historic American Buildings Survey

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The Artizan

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Illinois Preservation Series

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The National Register of Historic Places in Illinois

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Journal of the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois

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Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

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The Boy in Grey and Other Stories and Sketches

Author : Henry Kingsley
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Journals of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Quebec

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Susan Glaspell

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The first book-length critical assessment of American playwright and fiction writer Susan Glaspell

Publications of the Illinois State Historical Library

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