More about Benjamin Franklin Butler and "State's Rights"

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An interesting view on "States Rights." The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 required the return of escaped slaves, even in northern states where slavery was illegal--a direct affront to the idea of "States Rights." When Virginia succeeded from the Union, it lost the right to have the Federal Government enforce a law passed against the wishes of northern states, an ironic fact Butler recognized and used to justify not returning the escaped slaves. Here was the de facto emancipation proclamation, instituted on May 21, 1861, approximately 17 months before the offical Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, 1863.

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A research grant to study slavery and the Underground Railroad in Kentucky inspired, "A Promise Moon." I alluded to, or drew inspiration from my findings as I wrote my latest novel which is set during the Civil War.


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