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Officials were unwilling to challenge slaveholders who brought slaves into the state.
And other laws, such as one allowing people to bring slaves into the state if they stayed only temporarily, undermined the constitution, Shirley Moore said.
In England, it was transformed into a potent slave narrative (though Royall’s name was dropped from the text).
The rewrite vigorously described slavery as a culture of rape.
Using high-tech tools Thorny issues were often determined individually, through court cases like that of Archy Lee, a slave brought to Sacramento from Mississippi in 1857.
America's lost story “We believe this is one of America’s lost stories,” said Guy Washington, regional coordinator for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom project, who has worked closely with Moore.
“It doesn’t fit our image of California as the land of freedom and opportunity, a place where everyone can go and have a new start.