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February 23, 2018


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Steve L.

Great point about the constitutional agency of fugitives from slavery.

But you are mistaken when you say that no one was "ultimately convicted" for the Oberlin Rescue. Charles Langston and Simeon Bushnell were both convicted by juries in federal court. The Ohio Supreme Court refused to intervene via Habeas Corpus (which was still thought possible in those days), even though it had a Republican majority. Charges were eventually dismissed against the 35 other defendants.

Rebecca Zietlow

Thanks for the correction, Steve! Duly noted.

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