The Impact Of The Fugitive Slave Law Of 1850

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Fugitive slaves are admire for their intense drive to pursue a life of freedom. However, many believe, mostly southerners, that fugitive slaves are escaped property that should be returned to their masters. This conflict introduced political sides such as Anti- Slavery, mostly northerners, and Pro- Slavery, mostly southerners. Abolitionist faced many obstacle when helping fugitive slaves earn their freedom. One of those many issues was The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, a law that allows slave catchers to enter free states and acquire past slave fugitives. It was one of the five bills pass in the compromise of 1850 in the attempt to avoid civil war. The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 affected many changes in the country, resulting too many famous political cases and was the many factors that caused the civil war. One of the many changes The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 impacted was the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a secret network organized by abolitionist who helped slaves acquire their freedom. Before 1850, New York became a hot spot for fugitive slaves, receiving help and benefits from absolutist organization such as the vigilance committee. The court decision in Massachusetts in 1836 benefited slaves by introducing the “principle that the moment a slave… set foot on free soil, him or her become free.” However, after the development of The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, numerous state and local laws were overrode. “Free blacks living in the north could no
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