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Prelude to Reconstruction: Constitutional Convention through Prigg

For hundreds of years, enslaved people resist and escape. The delegates’ initial compromises in 1787 give disproportionate influence to slaveholders. Additional compromises, including the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 and Missouri Compromise, both recognize and limit slavery. (Some) Northerners become concerned about a rising Slave Power. Prigg v. Pennsylvania endorses slavery but creates a limited space for Northern resistance.

Participants: Leigh Barnwell, Harry Sandick, Jon Hatch