The Fugitive Slave Act
In this Unit we will cover:
How the Act contributed to the war
Made northerners, who were very anti-slave, responsible for returning slaves to their owners, essentially making them support slavery.
Effects of the Act
The Underground Railroad became very popular and many slaves wanted freedom.
Canada became a major destination for runaway slaves.
Caused northerners to openly defy the law to help slaves be free.
Those involved on both sides.
Southern PLatation owners
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Many northerners were conflicted: support a national law or betray their own conscience. Southerners continued to treat slaves as property and didnt care whether they lived or died. Many slaves would rather die than return to slavery