Ain't No Harm to Kill the Devil: The Life and Legend of John by Jeffrey S. Copeland PDF

By Jeffrey S. Copeland

ISBN-10: 1557789134

ISBN-13: 9781557789136

some of the most impressive characters in American background was once John Fairfield, a member of the Underground Railroad who helped slaves to freedom sooner than the Civil struggle. His exploits are pointed out by means of notables reminiscent of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Levi Coffin (the “President” of the Underground Railroad). All significantly well-known him yet have been surprised by means of his strategies. Fairfield used to be the single high-profile abolitionist to cost humans for his paintings. a few assert Fairfield exploited the slaves simply because he charged relations in Canada to get their relations to safeguard, yet he used the charges to aid concoct problematic ruses that he used to scouse borrow the slaves and support them to freedom.

One time he led nineteen slaves to freedom via pretending to be an undertaker taking the physique of a slave around the Ohio River to a slave cemetery at the different facet. He had one slave (in an open coffin) faux to be the deceased—and the opposite eighteen marched in a funeral procession all through the center of city in simple sight. The townspeople stepped apart, out of appreciate for the “deceased,” and watched him take them all around the river to their freedom! all over again he pretended to be a fowl broker, gaining the dignity of all in a city, after which stole their slaves. nonetheless once more he handed himself off as a businessman who had to construct boats to take salt to the South for a truly ecocnomic enterprise. He bought a few of the best electorate of that city to take a position in his undertaking and, whilst the boats have been complete, he selected a moonless evening to get the entire slaves to the boats—and had them row to freedom.

Fairfield was once noticeable by way of a few as a scoundrel, a con guy, and a legal. Others observed him as a truly non secular guy who believed with all his center that the evils of slavery had to be wiped out—and he was once keen to visit extremes to do this. Fairfield wasn’t as violent as, say, John Brown, yet he nonetheless received the activity done.

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