1855 Wisconsin Supreme Court declares US Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional – Black History


n 1855, the Wisconsin Supreme Court became the only state high court to declare the Fugitive Slave Act unconstitutional, as a result of a case involving fugitive slave Joshua Glover and Sherman Booth, who led efforts that thwarted Glover’s recapture. In 1859 in Ableman v. Booth, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the state court.

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Unconstitutionality of the Fugitive Slave Act : decisions of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin in the cases of Booth and Rycraft.Other TitleWisconsin reportsContributor NamesWisconsin. Supreme Court.Booth, Sherman M.Rycraft, John.Smith, A. D. (Albert Daniel), 1811-1865.Cushing, Caleb, 1800-1879, former owner.Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress)Created / PublishedMilwaukee : R. King & Co., printers, 1855.Subject Headings-  Booth, Sherman M.–Trials, litigation, etc-  Rycraft, John–Trials, litigation, etc-  United States.–Fugitive slave law (1850)-  Slavery–United States-  Glover, Joshua

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