The Fugitive Slave Act was a law approved by the United Congress on 1850 as a part of the Compromise of 1850. This law required black slaves, who were captured by police officers or federal marshals, to be return to their previous owners. This law also commands all United States citizens to assist government to catch colored people. Blacks, even if they were free blacks, could be caught and delivered to any slaveholder. The part that catch my eyes is section 9 states, “upon affidavit made by the claimant of such fugitive, his agent or attorney, after such certificate has been issued, that he has reason to apprehend that such fugitive will he rescued by force from his or their possession before he can be taken beyond the limits of the State
It was conceived to force states to deliver escaped slaves to slave owner’s violated states ' rights due to state sovereignty and was believed that seizing state property should not be left up to the states. The Fugitive Slave Clause states that escaped slaves "shall be delivered up on claim of the arty to which such Service or labour may be due". During the
According to their tenets, fugitives had no right to a jury trial and citizens were ordered to aid in he recovery of the fugitive slaves. The special commissioners treated the cases of the fugitives. They were paid $5 if a fugitive was liberated and $10 if the captive was returned to slavery. Furthermore, the act appealed for several changes that made the process of filing a claim against a fugitive easier and effortless for slave holders. The new law was devastating.
The Fugitive salve act was an act passed by the US Government in response to slaves escape from their slave masters. The law briefly stated that if the run away slave be caught by any of the free northern solider, They shall be handed back to their slave master in the south and the law also stated that the northern people will have to abide by that same law. This law should be considered unbearable. I personally would not abide with this law. There should be no such law.
The fugitive slave clause is found in article 3 of the United States constitution in section 2, clause 3. The law required that any slave who escaped to any other state would be returned back to their owner in the state from which they left. Even if a slave escaped to a non slave state, they would still not be considered free. No matter where they were found they would be brought back to their owner. They were not able to fight for their own rights because it was the law.
(a) Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, stirred up a storm of opposition in the North. The fleeing slaves could not testify in their own behalf and they were denied a jury trial. The federal commissioner who handled the case of a fugitive would receive five dollars if the slaves were freed and ten dollars if not. Freedom-loving northerners who aided the slave to escape were liable to heavy fines and jail sentences and Northerns also considered the “Man-Stealing Law”. The North didn 't like the Fugitive slave law because they were against slavery and North states were free, but the South states were slaves and southerners dislike the Northern struggle to enforcing it; because they wanted their slaves returned.
Enacted by Congress in 1793 until the early 19th century, the Fugitive Slave Act in the U.S. Constitution effectively makes all the things normal for other Americans in that period illegal for African Americans. Slavery was enforced by the criminal justice system, and made very ordinary things like learning to read effectively a criminal act. It was illegal for African Americans to pursue their own freedom. In the eyes of the law, Fredrick Douglas is an escaped slave therefore a criminal, he has “stolen his body,” a famous quote in one of his speeches. From the perspective of the law, Harriet Tubman is running a massive criminal conspiracy, and is stealing people by helping slaves escape.
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