A Defence for Fugitive Slaves (1850)

Title page

Since, in Spooner’s view, slavery was both unjust and unconstitutional, men and women held in slavery had the right to flee, and other people had the right and the duty to help the runaway slaves escape to freedom. This meant violating the Fugitive Slave Acts and breaking the law, but these acts would be in the freedom-loving spirit of the Constitution.

A Defence for Fugitive Slaves, against the Acts of Congress of February 12, 1793, and September 18, 1850 (Boston: Bela Marsh, 1850).


The text is in the public domain.


Found in:

Format Description Size
Facsimile PDF This is a facsimile or image-based PDF made from scans of the original book. 3.79 MB
HTML This version has been converted from the original text. Every effort has been taken to translate the unique features of the printed book into the HTML medium. 246 KB
Kindle This is an E-book formatted for Amazon Kindle devices. 153 KB

Table of Contents