The Fugitive Slave Act: Compromise Of 1850

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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
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