Slaves worked hard all day everyday. There was no escape. Their would be canals that slaves could go through to get to the North, where slaves would have more freedom. White people from the North would even come and try to help them get to the North with out be caught. If they were caught, it would be TERRIBLE. Those Persons would either be punished by being beaten killed, or thrown in jail. At the very least, they would get fired by their owner.
The Fugitive Slave Act divided the United States because it separated white people from black people just because of their race, as that was nothing any possible person could control. If any white person saw a black person far from any home, they would have to catch them by law and bring them back to their rightful owner. The punishment would be that they would get beat or lose that job from the owner. I knew many slaves were served wrong. They weren’t treated like any other white person because of their skin color. They couldn’t own anything every other white person would be able to own. This means that slaves also had to have an owner to obey and do work for 24/7. If they did not do as their owner asked they would punished. As in beat/whipped. Fugitive Slave Act is causing conflict in the U.S. in Social issues because people still underestimate people by color. In some states still in the U.S. black people don't have as many choices as they do for example in Illinois. They may not be able to have certain jobs, go to certain stores, or live in certain houses and even more. For example, the Fugitive Slave Act divided the United States because it separated white people from black people just because of their race, as that was nothing any possible person could control.
Any slaves who tried to escape would be taken back to their owners by law. If one persons had seen a white person and did not tell anyone or try to return to their owner, they would be put in jail.