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Fugitive Slave Act

Fugitive Slave Act

The Fugitive Slave Law or Fugitive Slave Act was passed by the United States Congress on September 18, 1850 as part of the Compromise of 1850 between Southern slaveholding interests and Northern Free-Soilers and abolitionists. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugitive_Slave_Law_of_1850 [Dec 2005]

The Underground Railroad was a network of clandestine routes by which African slaves in the 19th century United States attempted to escape to free states, or as far north as Canada, with the aid of abolitionists. Other routes led to Mexico or overseas. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_Railroad [Dec 2005]

See also: USA - slave trade - 1850s

Pornography coined

Pornographer is earliest form of the word, attested from 1850. Pornocracy (1860) is "the dominating influence of harlots," used specifically of the government of Rome during the first half of the 10th century by Theodora and her daughters. --http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=pornography [May 2005]

Note that in French, the term pornographie had been in use since at least 1769, date of publication of Restif de la Bretonne's Le pornographe ou la prostitution réformée.

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