Evan Turiano


Doctoral Candidate, History


eturiano​@gradcenter​.cuny​.edu

PhD Program in History


The Graduate Center, City University of New York


PhD Program in History
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Evan Turiano


Doctoral Candidate, History


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Evan Turiano


Doctoral Candidate, History


Curriculum vitae

eturiano​@gradcenter​.cuny​.edu

PhD Program in History


The Graduate Center, City University of New York


PhD Program in History
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016


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Running Toward Abolition: Fugitive Slaves, Legal Rights, and the Coming of the Civil War


 My dissertation argues that runaway slaves revealed situations where the Constitution could not regulate conflicts between the states and the federal government. Antislavery activists capitalized on these gray areas to create an antislavery legal theory based on securing legal rights for accused runaways.

Proslavery politicians understood and reacted to the legal threats posed by fugitive slaves. Runaways took abstract constitutional conflicts about due process, the privileges and immunities of citizenship, federalism and police powers and gave them material, immediate stakes for slaveholders.

By understanding the full political and legal stakes of the fugitive slave crisis, historians can better understand the nuanced relationship between slave resistance and formal politics, both of which were instrumental to the end of American slavery.