Biography of Allan Pinkerton Allan Pinkerton’s History 7/24/2011 Axia College Debbie Dennis Allan J. Pinkerton was born in Glasgow, Scotland on August 25, 1819 and died in Chicago, Illinois on July 1, 1884 at the age of 64. He was the son of a police sergeant that was disabled due to work related injuries. Pinkerton began to work as an apprentice barrel maker to support the family, but a short while later joined a political group (Chartist Movement) dedicated to improve work conditions for the poor. On the run, Pinkerton at the age of 28, and his new bride of only one day fled to Canada in 1842, where a shipwreck off the coast of Nova Scotia left them without any means supporting themselves. He then for a year began to work as cooper for a brewery in Chicago, though still dreaming of starting his own business.
Allan Pinkerton “Allan Pinkerton was a key figure in the development of the railroad police as well as in the development of contract security forces” (Hess and Wrobleski, 1996, p.17). A native of Scotland, Pinkerton was born, August 25, 1819. He was forced to immigrate to the United States in 1842 due to his involvement in a radical chartist group and settled near Chicago, Illinois. After some searching, he moved to a town called Dundee that was in need of a cooper and quickly gained control of the market because of his superior quality barrels and low prices. His desire to continually improve his business actually led him down the path to being a detective.
Additionally, the verdict had many political and social implications, provoked angry resentment in the North and led the country a step closer to civil war. After the Civil War and the introduction and passage of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment finally brought about the overturning of the decision. Adopted in 1868, this amendment granted citizenship to former slaves and their descendants and gave them the benefit and protection of their civil liberties. Dred Scott was an illiterate slave born in 1799. He was born as the property of the Peter Blow family since his parents were both slaves.
Further embedding these ideas in John’s mind was his experience as a young teen witnessing the brutality of another young man – a slave – being beaten mercilessly by his owner. While living in Ohio, the Brown family harbored escaped slaves on several occasions. This was also around the time when the United States saw the first vestiges of its slow creep toward civil war with the Missouri Compromise in 1820, the publication of Garrison’s “The Liberator” in 1831, and Nat Turner’s revolt that same year. Frederick Douglass published his narrative in 1845, more compromises were made between the North and South as newly acquired territories were gained after the Mexican War several years later, and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” further outraged abolitionists. In 1854 the Kansas-Nebraska Act finally brought things to a boil between proponents and opponents of slavery, and John
The author of these pages wanted us to focus our attention on all the hardship that African Americans had to endure whether slave or free. The author stayed to the facts of the Fugitive Slave Acts. I have picked this subject matter to write about because I can’t put myself in this time of history. Going to school in Ohio, we studied about Oberlin and Wellington. These two places helped a slave escape a federal marshal so he couldn’t return the slave back to the South.
Many people that read “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” became abolitionist and helped fight against slavery. There were other factors to the beginning of the civil war such as Dread Scott Case in 1857. When the Supreme Courts ruled that all slaves were property and they could be taken anywhere no matter the 36-30 line. Other factors were John Brown raid and Bleeding Kansas. Both angered the southern states closer to secession.
As a young man, Ball was sold and separated from his wife and children to a slave trader. After this, he describes his journey through personal accounts in an autobiography called, Narrative of the Life and Adventure of Charles Ball. He explains several situations that occurred as he was sold from one place to another. At one point he managed to escape but was later on recaptured and placed into slavery again. His story is atypical because unlike others he managed to keep his composure.
Allan Pinkerton Biography Enchandrel Malone CJ/250 January 7, 2012 Patrick Coughlin, JD Allan Pinkerton Biography Allan was born August 25, 1819 in Gorbals Glasgow, Scotland to William Pinkerton and Isobel McQueen. (Allan Pinkerton.2002) Allan’s father was a handloom weaver who later worked as a jailer in Glasgow. (Hunt, 2009) When Pinkerton was 10 his father died while on duty. As Allan became older he learned a trade through apprenticeship, where he became a cooper and made barrels for a living. At the age of 23 he became active in the British Chartist Movement.
People would say that he was insane because he tried to help African American escape to their freedom. He helped enslaved people go to Underground Railroad go to the North. This would show his sanity. John Brown also killed many people. He led Pottawattamie Massacre.
The government tried to give African-Americans their rights but the new system of slavery was increasing in the south. Plantation owners and slaves were signing labor contracts, sheriffs were gaining power from charging Afican-Americans with a made up charge, sheriffs were hired by plantation owners to find new laborers by charging them with a made up crime, etc. Since African-Americans didn’t have the money to pay the charges they would be sent to jail and then leased by the plantation owners. This meant landowners could get cheaper labor than when they had to buy the slave. The government started to investigate the south’s new system of slavery.