Place Published: Lancaster
Publisher: The New Era Printing Co.
Date Published: 1911
Edition: 2nd Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
LAID IN HENSEL MEMO NOTE PAPER SIGNED "YOURS TRULY "WUH"
Second and Revised Edition, 7-3/4 x 10-7/8 inches. ix, -158pp. Original very light brown cloth boards, some soiling, paper spine label; light edge wear. Uncut (untrimmed) inside pages in very good condition. 17 Plates, as called for (including frontis). Authors’ pasted in personal memo sheet signed with "yours truly WUH" initials on front end paper. Overall very good condition. Also there is a letter on the letterhead of W.(Wilmer) W. MacElree West Chester PA initialed NELjr offer to sell this rare signed book for $10
William U. Hensel prepares this account of the Christiana Riot for the Lancaster County Historical Society in order to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the incident.
William Uhler Hensel was a Pennsylvania newspaper editor, lawyer, author, and state Attorney General. He was very active in politics, and a noted political speaker, but steadfastly declined any official post beyond his term as Attorney General of Pennsylvania from 1891-1895. Hensel helped found the Lancaster County Historical Society
During the 1850s, Northern abolitionism developed, Southern defense of slavery hardened, and debates over the expansion of slavery gripped the nation.
The Christiana Riot in 1851 was the first violent resistance to the attempted seizure of runaway slaves under the provisions of the Fugitive Slave Law.
The most important single source of information on the fugitive slave rebellion in Christiana, Pennsylvania. When a white slave owner attempted to recover a runaway slave and was met with resistance led by ex-slave William Parker, the white press described it as the Christiana riots. Frederick Douglass described it as the battle for liberty at Christiana.
Accounts of the events following the enactment of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, and the rights & abuses of slaves & slave catchers who crossed the Mason Dixon Line into Pennsylvania, culminating in the murderous attempts of the hunters to retrieve former slaves who had previously used the Underground Railroad in Lancaster County to escape to freedom & settle in the village of Christiana. This in turn is followed by an analysis of the political climate & the Treason Trials of 1851 that followed the events leading up to the murders. White persons were under arrest and charged with murder and treason, their passions inflamed by abolitionists long and emotional speeches. Several white abolitionists were tried for ianding slaves, and even killing their hunters. Thaddeus Stevens was the rioters attorney in both the State and Federal trials, and was successful in both.
Very Good. Item #2795