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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Fugitive Slave Act

  • Aired: 01/08/2013
  • 02:19
  • Rating: NR
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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