Lead: One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is "A House Divided."

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the years following the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law in 1850, Boston established a reputation as a sanctuary for escapees and the abolitionist community stalwart defenders of their rights. As southerners became more, forceful Boston became more belligerent, showing hostility to slave catchers, hiding ex-slaves and being emphatically uncooperative with legal efforts to enforce the law.

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