Fugitive slave act, presented in the national center for public policy research's archive of historical documents. The fugitive slave act of 1850 mandated that states to which escaped slaves fled were obligated to return them to their masters upon their discovery and subjected persons who helped runaway.
Effects of the fugitive-slave-law fugitive slave laws contributed by earl maltz fugitive slave laws provided slaveowners and their agents with the legal right to reclaim runaways from. The debates in the 1850s over whether romans 13 required obedience or resistance to the fugitive slave act, and more broadly over whether the bible supported enslavement or abolition,.
Of all the bills that made up the compromise of 1850, the fugitive slave act was the most controversial it required citizens to assist in the recovery of fugitive slaves it denied a. The fugitive slave laws were laws passed by the united states congress in 1793 and 1850 to provide for the return of slaves who escaped from one state into another state or territory the. Historian matthew pinsker presents a quick rundown of the 1850 fugitive slave act. Anthony burns--capture of a fugitive slave: this is a portrait of fugitive slave anthony burns, whose arrest and trial in boston under the provisions of the fugitive slave act of 1850.
The fugitive slave act, which became law as part of the compromise of 1850, was one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in american history it was not the first law to deal with. The fugitive slave acts of 1793 and 1850 the federal acts of 1793 and 1850 providing for the return between states of escaped black slaves similar laws existing in both north and south in. Find a summary, definition and facts about the fugitive slave act for kids american history and the fugitive slave act information about the fugitive slave act for kids, children, homework.
The fugitive slave act 1850 section 1 be it enacted by the senate and house of representatives of the united states of america in congress assembled, that the persons who have been, or may.