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Fugitive Slave Law


The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 increased anti-slavery outrage in the North.
  1850 law authorizing the return of a fugitive slave to his master and five years imprisonment to anyone who helped a fugitive
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The Fugitive Slave Law or Fugitive Slave Act was passed as part of the Compromise of 1850 between those who favored and opposed slavery.

The law was especially unpopular in the north because it forced many people to choose between the law and their conscience. People like Harriet Tubman were forced to smuggle slaves all the way to Canada rather than just to a free state.
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  • The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 increased anti-slavery outrage in the North.
  • It is the ignorance in which white men compel him to live; it is the torturing whip that lashes manhood out of him; it is the fierce bloodhounds of the South, and the scarcely less cruel human bloodhounds of the north, who enforce the Fugitive Slave Law.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • What about the Fugitive Slave Law being enforced, said the South?
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • We know that he refused to denounce the Fugitive Slave Law, viciously unfair though it was, even to free Negroes charged as runaways.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth

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  • In December, 1849, most of the speeches made in Congress dealt with the need for a more stringent fugitive slave law.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • Few Northerners could stomach any strengthening of the Fugitive Slave Act, the most bitterly hated measure—and untilProhibition, the most flagrantly disobeyed—ever passed by Congress.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The Fugitive Slave Law was one of the concessions made to the South as part of the Compromise of 1850.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • There the talk was about the new Fugitive Slave Law, now three months old, and what it would mean to people like herself and to the people who offered them shelter.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • Because of the Fugitive Slave Law she was liable to be arrested at any moment even though she was living in a free state.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • Up until 185 1, she was either unaware of the danger posed by the Fugitive Slave Law, or else she ignored it.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman

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  • The Fugitive Slave Law was no longer a great many incomprehensible words written down on the country’s lawbooks.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • It would be a long trip, longer than any she had ever made, through territory that was strange and new to her, with the known hazard of the Fugitive Slave Law pacing her every footstep.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • More important, they said they would work to make the Fugitive Slave Law a joke, make it as worthless as the Compromise of 1820, which the South had agreed to and then junked as part of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • The Fugitive Slave Law had not then passed.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The Fugitive Slave Law.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Summoning for the last time that spellbinding oratorical ability, he abandoned his previous opposition to slavery in the territories, abandoned his constituents’ abhorrence of the Fugitive Slave Law, abandoned his own place in the history and hearts of his countrymen and abandoned his last chance for the goal that had eluded him for over twenty years—the Presidency.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The Fugitive Slave Law was still in force, though there were few people in the North who would willingly betray a fugitive.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • Northerners, as far as she could tell from what she saw and heard in her travels, had turned the Fugitive Slave Law into a joke.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • I had but one hesitation, and that was feeling of insecurity in New York, now greatly increased by the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • I told him of the Fugitive Slave Law, and asked him if he did not know that New York was a city of kidnappers.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The Confederates asked for their rendition under the terms of the Fugitive Slave Law, but they were informed by General Butler that "under the peculiar circumstances, he considered the fugitives ’contraband’ of war."
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • …without legislation either for or against slavery, thus running directly contrary to the hotly debated Wilmot Proviso which was intended to prohibit slavery in the new territories; (3) Texas was to be compensated for some territory to be ceded to New Mexico; (4) the slave trade would be abolished in the District of Columbia; and (5) a more stringent and enforceable Fugitive Slave Law was to be enacted to guarantee return to their masters of runaway slaves captured in Northern states.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • This honorable gentleman would not have voted for the Fugitive Slave Law, as did the senator in "Uncle Tom’s Cabin;" on the contrary, he was strongly opposed to it; but he was enough under its influence to be afraid of having me remain in his house many hours.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • In the letter he not only expressed his own conviction that the Fugitive Slave Law was wrong, but he eloquently expressed the refusal of the Abolitionists to obey the law: "…. I am not a man who loves violence; I respect the sacredness of human life, but this I say, solemnly, that I will do all in my power to rescue any fugitive slave from the hands of any officer who attempts to return him to bondage…… I will do it as readily as I would lift a man out of the water, or pluck him from…
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Fugitive Slave Law [6] , Nat Turner’s Rebellion [5] , Compromise of 1850 [7] , Missouri Compromise [7]
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