"THE MOST VIOLENT EPISODE IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST THE FUGITIVE SLAVE ACT"
(DOUGLASS, Frederick) HENSEL, W.U. Christiana Riot and the Treason Trials. Lancaster, PA, 1911.
First edition of Hensel's comprehensive report, including much newly documented information in print for the first time, detailing the famed 1861 Christiana riot and treason trials that challenged the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act when a slave owner was killed trying to seize fugitive slaves at the farm of an ex-slave and a crowd of mainly black neighbors fought to protect the fugitives, with Frederick Douglass hailing the uprising as "the battle for liberty at Christiana" and aiding the fugitives' escape to Canada. Published on the 50-year anniversary of Christiana with extensive new coverage of the uprising, the indictments of 35 blacks and five whites—"the largest number of treason indictments in U.S. history (as of 1984) for a single incident or crime"—and ultimately the treason trials that failed to convict any of the accused. With 12 full-page illustrations. $1600.