H. Robert Baker

H. Robert Baker is an assistant professor of legal and constitutional history at Georgia State University.

Listed in: History · African American Studies · Slavery and Slave Trade · American History · Law · American Civil War · Legal History

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Winner of the Gambrinus Prize and the Dale Somers Memorial Award

The Rescue of Joshua Glover · A Fugitive Slave, the Constitution, and the Coming of the Civil War
By H. Robert Baker

On March 11, 1854, the people of Wisconsin prevented agents of the federal government from carrying away the fugitive slave, Joshua Glover. Assembling in mass outside the Milwaukee courthouse, they demanded that the federal officers respect his civil liberties as they would those of any other citizen of the state. When the officers refused, the crowd took matters into its own hands and rescued Joshua Glover.

“A fascinating and riveting account.... Baker does a masterful job of detailing the events.”

American Historical Review