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1919 Excerpt: ... fugitive had been captured. These incidents show
the origin of the system. The first case of assistance rendered a
negro was not in itself illegal, but was intended merely to prevent
the crime of kidnapping. The second was illegal in form, but the
aid was given to one who, having been set free by will, was being
reenslaved, it was believed, by an unjust decision of a court. The
third was a case of outrageous abuse on the part of the owner. The
negro Sam had himself gone to a trader begging that he would buy
him and preferring to take his chances on a Mississippi plantation
rather than return to his master. The trader offered the customary
price and was met with the reply that he could have the rascal if
he would wait until after the enraged owner had taken his revenge,
otherwise the price would be twice the amount offered. A large
proportion of the fugitives belonged to this maltreated class.
Others were goaded to escape by the prospect of deportation to the
Gulf States. The fugitives generally followed the beaten line of
travel to the North and West. In 1826 Levi Coffin became a merchant
in Newport, Indiana, a town near the Ohio line not far from
Richmond. In the town and in its neighborhood lived a large number
of free negroes who were the descendants of former slaves whom
North Carolina Quakers had set free and had colonized in the new
country. Coffin found that these blacks were accustomed to assist
fugitives on their way to Canada. When he also learnt that some had
been captured and returned to bondage merely through lack of skill
on the part of the negroes, he assumed active operations as a
conductor on the Underground Railroad. Coffin used the Underground
Railroad as a means of making converts to the cause. One who
berated him for negro-stealing was...
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