At a glance:
- Author: Virginia Hamilton
- First Published: 1988
- Time of Work: 18341862
- Setting: Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Massachusetts
- Genres: Nonfiction, Biography
- Subjects: African Americans, Freedom, Escapes, Nineteenth century, Slavery or slaves, Law or legislation, Riots, Biography
- Locales: Virginia, United States, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, North America
Form and Content
Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave presents the life of Burns in twenty chapters arranged by date, along with an epilogue and an afterword by the author, Virginia Hamilton. The central narrative concerns the events that occurred from May 24, 1854—when Burns was taken into custody in Boston as a fugitive slave—through June 2, 1854—when he was escorted to a ship in Boston harbor to be returned to Virginia with his master. Interspersed among the fourteen chapters detailing the legal struggle to prevent Burns’s return are six...
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