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Saturday, May 1, 1858
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In early May 1858, the Louisville Courier reported on "an extraordinary stampede of the slaves" from Kentucky, claiming that they were fleeing "one, two, three, or a dozen at a time."  The pro-slavery newspaper naturally blamed outside agitators, claiming "black republicans are as thick in these parts as wolves on a prairie."  Multiple newspapers then reprinted and commented on this story.

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General estimate; reports of "an extraordinary stampede of the slaves," who "go off, one, two, three, or a dozen at a time."