Today is the 170th Anniversary of the 2nd Fugitive Slave Act[1793, 1850]

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Today is the 170th anniversary of the second Fugitive Slave Act. Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 Was a response to laws passed in some norther States weakening the original 1793 act. The 1850 law, Intended to defuse tensions between the North and South , required the arrest of suspected runaways and imposed penalties on anyone aiding a runaway slave. Suspected slaves were not allowed to speak in their own defense , which led to the enslavement of many free Blacks. Both acts were repealed in 1864.

RESOURCES

The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery

Sept. 18, 1850: Fugitive Slave Act Passe


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