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Prigg v. Pennsylvania: Slavery, the Supreme Court, and the Ambivalent Constitution by H. Robert Baker

The parents of Margaret Morgan were slaves of John Ashmore, a Maryland mill owner who freed many of his slaves in the last years of his life. He never laid claim to Margaret, who eventually married a free black man and moved to Pennsylvania. After his death, the widow of John Ashmore sent Edward Prigg to Pennsylvania to claim Margaret as a runaway. Both she and her children were forcibly sent back to Maryland in violation of Pennsylvania law and setting the stage for a remarkable Supreme Court case in 1842, some fifteen years before Dred Scott. History professor H. Robert Baker discusses his book Prigg v. Pennsylvania and the results of this landmark case. A book signing will follow the program.

Event begins at 12:00PM

Presented by: National Archives

Event Venue

The National Archives Building

700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408
  • Monday, December 10, 2012
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