Media History Exchange, 2018 Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference

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Abolitionist Reporting on the 1793 Fugitive Slave Law in New York City: An early example of investigative journalism (work-in-progress)
Paula Hunt

Last modified: 2018-02-03


This work-in-progress examines Elizur Wright, Jr.'s series of articles about African Americans seized by bounty hunters off the streets of New York City as suspected fugitives from slavery. Published in 1834 and 1835 in the Emancipator, the flagship newspaper of the American Anti-Slavery Society, and the Anti-Slavery Record, a Society periodical he edited, Wright’s articles were an indictment of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1793.

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