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“Miraculous Escape,” Boston Emancipator and Free American (May 11, 1843)

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In this short article from the May 11, 1843, edition of the Boston Emancipator and Free American, an abolitionist newspaper, the editors reprint news from Illinois, in which fellow abolitionists aid fugitive slaves. This marks one of the earliest appearances in print of the phrase “underground railroad.”

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Boston Emancipator and Free American

Miraculous Escape. It is reported in town that the negro who was carried away from here last week, escaped very mysteriously from the hands of his overseers, somewhere in the vicinity of Vermillionville, La Salle County. Report says, he fell through into the under-ground railroad, and was carried along the subterranean passage on one of the steam cars, at the rate of fifteen miles an hour. We feel but little confidence in rumors, and until the report is confirmed, can hardly believe that he met with any such good luck.—Chicago Citizen.

FURTHER READING

Runaway Servants (1643) “Against Runawayes” (1699) “An act concerning Servants and Slaves” (1705) “A Caution to All Travellers to Philadelphia,” Virginia Journal and Alexandria Advertiser (March 30, 1786) Letter from George Washington to Robert Morris (April 12, 1786) “An Act respecting fugitives from justice, and persons escaping from the service of their masters” (1793) “An ACT to amend an act, intituled, ‘An act to reduce into one the several acts concerning slaves, free negroes and mulattoes, and for other purposes’” (1795) “Tales of Oppression” by Isaac T. Hopper, National Anti-Slavery Standard (March 25, 1841) “Abolitionism,” New York Spectator (September 26, 1842) “The Albany Forwarding Trade,” Boston Emancipator and Free American (May 20, 1843) “An Act to amend, and supplementary to, the Act entitled ‘An Act respecting Fugitives from Justice, and Persons escaping from the Service of their Masters,’ approved February twelfth, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three” (1850) Chapter VII; an excerpt from the Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown (1851) “More Fugitive Slaves,” New York Daily Times (May 14, 1852) “Fugitive Slaves in Ohio,” New York Daily Times (September 7, 1853) “The United States Bond”; an excerpt from Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child (1854) The Thomas Hughes Affair; an excerpt from Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child (1854) Chapter II; an excerpt from Twelve Years a Slave (1855) Arrivals from Virginia; an excerpt from The Refugee (1856) “An ACT providing additional protection for the slave property of citizens of this commonwealth” (1856) Excerpt from Reminiscences of Levi Coffin (1880) Arrivals from Virginia; an excerpt from Still’s Underground Rail Road Records (1886) “The Quakers”; an excerpt from A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1896)

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APA Citation:
Boston Emancipator and Free American. “Miraculous Escape,” Boston Emancipator and Free American (May 11, 1843). (2020, December 07). In Encyclopedia Virginia. https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/miraculous-escape-boston-emancipator-and-free-american-may-11-1843.
MLA Citation:
Boston Emancipator and Free American. "“Miraculous Escape,” Boston Emancipator and Free American (May 11, 1843)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (07 Dec. 2020). Web. 25 Feb. 2021
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