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Abolition

Handcuffs Worn by Slaves
Title: Handcuffs Worn by Slaves
Type: Object
Date: early 1800s
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: These handcuffs are the kind worn by slaves during the early 1800s.
Minnesota State Constitution
Title: Minnesota State Constitution
Type: Document
Date: 1858
Source: Minnesota State Constitution

Description: The Minnesota State Constitution forbids slavery.
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Eliza Winston's Account of Her Case
Title: Eliza Winston's Account of Her Case
Type: Document
Date: 1860
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Since the court records of the Eliza Winston case were never made public, people involved in the case published their opinions and interpretations of the event in the local newspapers. This is Eliza Winston's testimony in the case.
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Article About the Slave Case
Title: Article About the Slave Case
Type: Newspaper
Date: 1860
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Abolitionists often used the local newspapers as a way of expressing their views about the Eliza Winston case. This republican writer was visiting Minnesota at the time of the escape.
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Anti-abolitionist Article
Title: Anti-abolitionist Article
Type: Newspaper
Date: 1860
Source: St. Paul Pioneer and Democrat

Description: The author of this article for the St. Paul Pioneer and Democrat disagrees with the actions of the abolitionists in the Eliza Winston rescue.
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Newspaper Editorial
Title: Newspaper Editorial
Type: Newspaper
Date: 1860
Source: Falls Evening News

Description: In this short notice, the editors of the newspaper explained their reasons for not publishing all of the letters they received about the Eliza Winston case.
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