Brown was born into slavery and escaped in an astonishing way. His story of gaining his freedom was so sensational that he basically spent the rest of his life making a living talking about it in one form or another.
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- Ruggles, Jeffrey. “The Unboxing of Henry Brown.” Library of Virginia. 2003.
- “Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.” Virginia Commonwealth University. https://socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/federal/fugitive-slave-act-of-1850/
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