The Fugitive Slave Act

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The Fugitive Slave Act granted slave-owners the permission to recover escaped slaves and required citizens to aid in the return of any escaped slave. This act also affected slaves who escaped to free slaves; According to the act, slaves were not permitted to live freely. The Fugitive Slave Act is significant to the course for many reasons. First, it is another method that whites used to keep blacks as slaves. Second, it is another example of how the American Justice System viewed blacks as inferior. White American politicians passed a series of laws to maintain the enslavement of blacks.
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