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The war before the war : fugitive slaves and the struggle for America's soul from the Revolution to the Civil War
by Delbanco, Andrew, 1952- (Author)
Explains how fugitive slaves escaping from the South to the northern states awakened northerners to the true nature of slavery and how the Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act divided the nation and set it on the path to civil war. Full description