Effects Of The Fugitive Slave Law

Date:
C. 1850s
Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.5.0001
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Nat Turner's Revolt

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.5.0002
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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"North Versus South" Fremont Post

During the 1840s, the sectional conflict over slavery became increasingly prominent and strident in American political life. In 1850, Senators Daniel Webster, Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun supported a complicated piece of legislation known as the Compromise of 1850. Their goal was to maintain a balance of power in the U.S. Senate between southern and northern delegations. In this way they hoped to postpone indefinitely any fundamental change in the status of slavery within the United States and to stablize the turbulent political climate. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0081
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Virginia Sketchbook

Creator:
Lewis Miller
Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0071
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
credits:
Courtesy, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
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Slave Auction House

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0072
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Hauling the Whole Week's Picking

Creator:
William Henry Brown (1808-1883)
Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0073
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
credits:
Courtesy, the Historic New Orleans Collection, Museum
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Slave Account Book

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0074
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Slave Advertisement

Creator:
William F. Talbott

"Hiring out" or renting slaves, both on a short term and a yearly basis, was a common practice. Many southerners who could not afford to own a slave rented slaves for brief periods. Even the United States government, as this document indicates, rented slaves from their masters to work in the Armory at Harpers Ferry.

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0075
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Slave Worship

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0076
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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I Will Come Back

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0077
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
credits:
Courtesy, New York Public Library
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