❰Reading❯ ➿ Fugitive Slave on Trial Author Earl M. Maltz – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk When runaway slave Anthony Burns was tracked to Boston by his owner Charles Suttle the struggle over his fate became a focal point for national controversy Boston a hotbed of antislavery sentiment pro When runaway slave Anthony Burns was tracked to Boston by his owner Fugitive Slave eBook ¼ Charles Suttle the struggle over his fate became a focal point for national controversy Boston a hotbed of antislavery sentiment provided the venue for the hearing that determined Burns's legal status one of the most dramatic and widely publicized events in the long running conflict over the issue of fugitive slavesEarl Maltz's compelling chronicle of this case shows how the violent emotions surrounding it played out at both the local and national levels focusing especially on the awkward position in which trial judge Edward Loring found himself A unionist who also supported enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act Loring was committed to the idea that each individual case should be decided by reference to neutral principles which ultimately led him to remand Burns to Suttle's custody Although as Maltz argues Loring's decision was indisputably correct on the facts and justified by existing legal precedent it also ignited a firestorm of protestMaltz locates the Burns case in arguments over slavery going back to the Constitution's rendition clause then follows it through two iterations of federal statutes in and a miniature legal war between the governors of Massachusetts and Virginia and abolitionists' violent resistance to federal law He also cites Loring's intellectual honesty and determination to apply the law as written no matter what it might cost himAs the last of a series of high profile disputes in Massachusetts the Burns case underscores the abolitionist attitude of many of the state's residents toward the fugitive slave issue providing readers with a you are there view of an actual fugitive slave case hearing and encouraging them to grapple with the uestion of how a conscientious judge committed to the rule of law should act in such a case It also sheds light on the political costs and conseuences for any judicial official attempting to deliver a decision on such a controversial issue while surrounded by a hostile publicA story as dramatic and compelling as any in our legal annals Fugitive Slave on Trial dissects an important historical event as it sheds new light on the state of the Union in the mid s and the events that led to its eventual dismemberment.
- 174 pages
- Fugitive Slave on Trial
- Earl M. Maltz
- 18 January 2016 Earl M. Maltz