Proof copy of the first printing of The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

Created by
United States Congress, American, founded 1789
Printed by
Ritchie, Thomas, American, 1778 - 1854
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 9 3/4 x 7 11/16 in. (24.8 x 19.5 cm)
Type
laws
Date
1850
Description
Proof copy of the first printing of The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 consisting of a single leaf folded sheet to form four pages, quarto, on U.S. Government-issued blue stock printed in black ink. There are two annotations handwritten in black ink -correcting "B it enacted" to "Be it enacted," and "courts of United States" to "courts of the United States."
Topic
African American
Law
Slavery
United States--History--1815-1861
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2009.14.4
Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture