In response to the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, Frederick Douglass and Gerrit Smith resolved to resist it and to defy any law aiming to destroy rights.
The Revolution was a radical women’s rights newspaper, owned by Susan B. Anthony, edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Parker Pillsbury, published in NYC.
The Colored American was an influential African-American newspaper published in New York City between 1837 and 1842 by three prominent black abolitionists.
In 1861, NYC’s mayor Fernando Wood, proposed secession from the Union and the State of New York so the city could continue its trade with the Slave South.
Solomon Northup was a free black New Yorker, who was kidnapped and sold as slave to Louisiana in 1841. 1853 he was rescued and wrote “Twelve Years A Slave”.