Activists, Laws and Politics

Online Course: Activists, Laws and Politics

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Lecture 7 discusses efforts by masters, their agents (known as slave catchers), and legal authorities to capture and return runaway slaves, working within a matrix of party politics and state and federal laws.

A particular focus is on the Fugitive Slave Acts of 1793 and 1850 enacted by the U.S. Congress and the personal liberty laws passed by northern states to resist the effect of these enactments.

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This program was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program.