Fugitive Slave Law of 1850
This paper discusses the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 that required the return of runaway slaves to their "owners": Background, effects, implementation, legal attacks on law and reaction in North.
# 18320 | 1,350 words | 8 sources | 1990 |
Published on Mar 18, 2003 in African-American Studies (Pre-Civil War) , History (U.S. Impending Crisis, 1848-1860) , African-American Studies (Slavery)
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From the Paper:"One of the most controversial statutes of the pre-civil war period is the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 (Fugitive Slave Act). This law emphasized the differing regional concerns of the southern and northern states, and encouraged civil disobedience among many citizens of the northern and border states. It has been estimated that thousands of slaves were smuggled into the northern states and Canada during the 1850's.
The Fugitive Slave Law was widely disputed because of the compromises conceded to Southerners. Several amendments were added to the 1850 Act in order to fill the loopholes left open by earlier Fugitive Slave Acts (Act of 1793). The 1850 Act created a more efficient system of administering and enforcing the obligation of citizens and state officials to return fugitive slaves to their owners."
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