Morris, Thomas D. Free Men All: The Personal Liberty Laws of the North 1780-1861. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974. xii, 253 pp. Reprinted 2001, 2010 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584771074. ISBN-10: 1584771070. Hardcover. New. $49.95 * The Personal Liberty Laws reflected the social and ethical commitment to abolition and as such were among the bricks that laid the foundation for the Fourteenth Amendment. Morris examines those statutes as enacted in five representative states, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Ohio and Wisconsin, and argues that these laws were an alternative to the violence allowed by the southern slave codes and the extreme anti-slavery viewpoints of the north.
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