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facts about the slave anthony burns
t the age of nineteen, Anthony Burns escaped slavery in Richmond, traveling by ship to Boston in 1853. [ In Boston he worked for "Coffin Pitts, clothing dealer, no.36 Brattle Street."[1] On May 24, 1854 he was discovered "while walking in Court Street" and arrested.[2] As a hub of resistance toward the "slave power" of the South, many Bostonians reacted by attempting to free Burns. President Franklin Pierce made an example of the case to show he was willing to strongly enforce the Fugitive Slave Act. The show of force turned many New Englanders against slavery who had passively accepted its
existence before. On May 26, before Burns' court case, a crowd of abolitionists of both races, including Thomas Wentworth Higginson and other Bostonians outraged at Burns' arrest, stormed the court house to free the man.[3] In the melee, Deputy U.S. Marshal James Batchelder was fatally stabbed,[4] becoming the second U.S. Marshal to be killed in the line of duty.[5] The police kept control of Burns, but the crowds of opponents, including such African-American abolitionists as Thomas James grew large.[6] While the federal government sent US troops in support, numerous anti-slavery activists arrived in Boston to join the protest and continue the faceoff. It has been estimated the government's cost of capturing and conducting Burns through the trial was upwards of $40,000. ]
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