American Experience

Fugitive Slave Act

  • Posted: 2/7/2013
    • Length: 02:19
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The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 made the hunting down of escaped slaves, even in free states, fully legal. To abolitionists, this represented a huge blow to their efforts. Not only had the federal government endorsed slavery, but it had also committed to preserving the institution indefinitely.

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