The Fugitive Slave Law

The Fugitive Slave Law
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  • The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850
  • Because of the Compromise of 1850, the North had to return runaway slaves back to the South. 
  • Depicted above, a slave, Steve, is shown on a plantation in the South where he has to work under his owner (depicted) and is not a free man.
  • But how did this happen......
  • Originally a free slave in the North, Steve and other freed slaves were sent back to the South since they were still not free down in the Southern colonies. 
  • Because of the Fugitive Slave Law, Northerners had to turn in runaway slaves no matter how much they disliked slavery. Those who were caught abusing this law were often fined or punished severely.
  • After this incident, Steve will be working on his owner's plantation for a while picking cotton and working on other farm chores because of the Fugitive Slave Law which made it so runaways would be returned to the Southern colonies. 
  • The Fugitive Slave Law was a part of the Compromise of 1850 which was a cause of the civil war. The North was angered by this because they were against slavery but they had to return runaway slaves to their Southern counterparts. This law led to conflict and eventually led to the abolishing of slavery which is seen in society today. 
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