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  • The Abolitionists: American Experience

American Experience | Fugitive Slave Act | PBS

Duration: 02:19
Program: The Abolitionists: American Experience #2501
Broadcast Date: Jan. 9, 2013

The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 made the hunting down of escaped slaves, even in free states, fully legal. To abolitionists, this represented a huge blow to their efforts. Not only had the federal government endorsed slavery, but it had also committed to preserving the institution indefinitely.

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Post Date: December 19, 2012