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February 14, 1851 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad receives a charter to build the Northwestern Virginia Railroad from Grafton to Parkersburg.
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February 15, 1851 Shadrach Minkins is seized in Boston by slave hunters operating under the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act Massachusetts
February 18, 1851 At a hearing in Boston escaped slave Shadrach Minkins is taken from court by free blacks. He eventually showed up in Montreal, Canada, out of the reach of the slave hunters Massachusetts
June 5, 1851 Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin appears as a 40 week serial in the Washington National Era. Stowe received $300.00 for the original work. Full text
August 13, 1851 Thomas Jackson becomes a teacher at Virginia Military Institute Virginia
October 1, 1851 An angry mob takes William Henry, an escaped slave, from the jail in Syracuse and helps him flee to Canada New York

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