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Analysis Of The Fugitive Slave Act

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The states that seceded from the Union were all Southern states that supported the slavery. Their economy depended mostly on agriculture, and the main labor consisted of slavery. One of the first controversies between the North and the South was about the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act which was a law that required the Northern states to assist with returning the fugitive slaves back to their owners (Keene, Cornell, & O’Donnell, 2013.) The Northerners did not react well to this law, and some abolitionist even broke the law and assisted the slaves to pass the borders into Canada. This controversy started the conflict of interests between North and South and for a decade they view each other system as a threat. The Northern states had a larger
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