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TITLE: Anthony Burns / John Andrews, sc. CALL NUMBER: PGA - Andrews--Anthony Burns (B size) [P&P] REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-90750 (b&w film copy neg.)
SUMMARY: A portrait of the fugitive slave Anthony Burns, whose arrest and trial under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 touched off riots and protests by abolitionists and citizens of Boston in the spring of 1854. A bust portrait of the twenty-four-year-old Burns, "Drawn by Barry from a daguereotype [sic] by Whipple and Black," is surrounded by scenes from his life. These include (clockwise from lower left): the sale of the youthful Burns at auction, a whipping post with bales of cotton, his arrest in Boston on May 24, 1854, his escape from Richmond on shipboard, his departure from Boston escorted by federal marshals and troops, Burns's "address" (to the court?), and finally Burns in prison. Copyrighting works such as prints and pamphlets under the name of the subject (here Anthony Burns) was a common abolitionist practice. This was no doubt the case in this instance, since by 1855 Burns had in fact been returned to his owner in Virginia.
MEDIUM: 1 print on wove paper: wood engraving with letterpress ; sheet 42.8 x 33.2 cm. CREATED, PUBLISHED: [Boston] : R.M. Edwards, printer, 129 Congress Street, Boston, c1855.
CREATOR: Andrews, John, engraver. NOTES: Title from item. "Entered ... 1855, by Anthony Burns ... Massachusetts." The Library's impression was deposited for copyright on January 25, 1855. DLC
Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1855-3. REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
DIGITAL ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3b37099 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b37099 CONTROL #: 2003689280
Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Fugitive Slave Law or Fugitive Slave Act was passed by the United States Congress on September 18, 1850, as part of the Compromise of 1850 between Southern slaveholding interests and Northern Free-Soilers. This was one of the most controversial acts of the 1850 compromise and heightened Northern fears of a 'slave power conspiracy'.
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