A rare newspaper, The National Era, dated September 2, 1852 and published by G. Bailey. Four pages, large bi-fold folio. Separation along bottom seam, some loss of text. Delicate condition. Includes speech by Charles Sumner on the motion “To Repeal The Fugitive Slave Bill – August 26, 1852.”
Comments: The Fugitive Slave Act mandated that former slaves caught in the north would be extradited back to the south. It was nicknamed “The Bloodhound Law” by abolitionists. It was passed along with the Missouri Compromise and was the most controversial part of the bill. Enforcement of the law ended with the outbreak of the Civil War.