The Week of August 7, 1851

News in Connecticut, Stowe’s birthplace:

  • The weather was cool and pleasant

National News:

  • A major fire occurred in San Francisco. Law and order were in a state of unrest
  • Owners of fugitive slaves in Western Texas threaten to go into Mexican territory to bring them back.
  • Wheat and corn crops were doing well in the North.
  • New York experienced a violent week with robberies, murders, fires, and the stabbing of a police officer.

International News:

  • Changes to the Constitution were rejected in France. This leads to a strengthening of the Republic and the chances of Louis Napoleon regaining power diminish. Tensions are temporarily soothed.
  • The Canary Islands experience a major outbreak of cholera.

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