"Read and Ponder the Fugitive Slave Law!" Broadside, 1850.

Gilder Lehrman Collection Summary: The most divisive element of the Compromise of 1850 was the Fugitive Slave Law, which permitted any escaped slave to be seized and returned solely on an affidavit of anyone claiming to be his or her owner. The law also stripped fugitive slaves of the right to a jury trial and the right to testify in their own defense, in addition to ensnaring many free blacks wrongfully.

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1850
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Gilder Lehrman Collection
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