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Fugitive Slave Act ­ Overview

Background:

First suggested by Senator Henry Clay in January 1850.
Stephen Douglass' successful legitimisation of the 1850 compromise legalised it.
It was a development of the 1793 "runaway act" making it the most controversial act of all previous
compromises.

Summary:

Aid given to escaping slaves…

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Southern distrust of the north was heightened and sectional animosity increased.

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