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3 Cases for Abolition

In 1781, two civil suits and one criminal indictment would reverse the legitimacy of slavery in Massachusetts. The series of court cases...

Antislavery Action in the North

Around the time Quock Walker took the stand in Judge William Cushing’s court, anti-slavery gears started to accelerate. In the years...

Local Antislavery Action

Years before judicial review ended slavery in Massachusetts, groups of slaves, freedmen, and abolitionists, came together in different...

Anthony Burns and the Quest to End Slavery

Anthony Burns’ story takes place in 1854, seventy years after Quock Walker’s suit for freedom, in the age of mounting sectional tensions...

Mumbet's Quest for Freedom

Brom and Bett V. Ashley, more commonly known as the Elizabeth Freeman case, challenged the very legitimacy of slavery less than one year...