fugitive slace act what were the causes to that law?

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  • Ben
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    1 decade ago
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    The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was enacted due to heightened Northern fears of a slave power conspiracy and to strenthen the laws to return fugitive slaves to their owners. The new law of 1850 was necessary because some Northern states passed "personal liberty laws" mandating a jury trial before a slave could be moved and some juries refused to convict thereby weakening the original Fugitive Slave Act of 1793. The new law made any Federal Marshal or other official who did not arrest a runaway slave liable to a fine of $1000 based only on the claimants sworn testimony of ownership with no jury trial.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    What were the causes???? Slaves were running away.

    http://ca.search.yahoo.com/search?ei=utf-8&fr=slv1...

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