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The Fugitive Slave Law

Effects of the Fugitive-Slave Law
Theodor Kaufmann
Effects of the Fugitive-Slave Law
New York: Hoff & Bloede, 1850
Lithograph on woven paper
Prints and Photographs Division (33A.1)

In 1850, Congress passed this controversial law, which allowed slave-hunters to seize alleged fugitive slaves without due process of law and prohibited anyone from aiding escaped fugitives or obstructing their recovery. The law threatened the safety of all blacks, slave and free, and forced many Northerners to become more defiant in their support of fugitives. Both broadside and print, shown here, present objections in prose and verse to justify noncompliance with this law.

S. M Africanus
The Fugitive Slave Law
Hartford, Connecticut: 1850
Printed broadside
Rare Book & Special Collections Division (33A)

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