Black Abolitionist Archive
Subtitle: The Domestic Slave Trade.
Speaker or author: Cornish, Samuel E. (Samuel Eli), 1795?-1858
Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)
The writer relates a story of a black British sailor who is arrested in Washington, DC on suspicion that he is a fugitive slave. The law required that a white man step forward to validate his claim that he is a free man or the sailor would be sold into slavery to pay the expense of his arrest.
Description of file(s): one scanned, two columned, newspaper page