The North and South's Political Viewpoint of the Fugitive Slave Act

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A. Plan of the Investigation This investigation will evaluate how the North’s and South’s political viewpoint of the Fugitive Slave Act cause division between the two parts of the country? The focus of this investigation is to analyze the North’s and South’s criticism of Fugitive Slave Law and how their political views create division between the United States furthermore leading to factors a Civil War factor. In order to do this, criticisms will be reviewed analyzing the Fugitive Slave articles from both the North and South and interpreting their views on the Fugitive Slave Law. The investigation will also evaluate, the Fugitive Slave Act and how this Act enhanced the disunion between the states by looking at the criticism from both the Confederates and the Union. B. Summary Of Evidence According to Rochester the Fugitive Slave Act, is a law that was created on February 12, 1793 targeting the runaway slaves and bring them to justice. (Rochester 16) It Law states that if a runaway slave passes west or south of the Ohio River then they were considered a Fugitive from Justice. (Rochester 16) As a result of running away the law also stated that if a fugitive slave is the custody of anybody, he or she must transport them back to the state or territory which they had fled from. It stated that if person refuses to give up a slave, then the slave owner had the right to arrest or seize the slave from anyone. (Rochester 17) It further enacted that anybody who was refuse to cooperate with the law and give up a slave would have to pay a fine of five hundred dollars or be arrested. (Rochester 17) When the Fugitive Law was enforced many Northerners refuse to acknowledge the law because they considered it unethical. In the artic... ... middle of paper ... ...New York] 29 June 1854: 8+. Print. Dorr, James A. Objections to the Act of Congress, Commonly Called the Fugitive Slave Law Answered, in a Letter to Hon. Washington Hunt, Governor Elect of the State of New York. New York: S.n., 1850. Print. King, Milwaukee R. Unconstitutionality of the Fugitive Slave Act Decisions of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin in the Cases of Booth and Rycraft. Milwaukee: R. King, 1855. Print. Kingsbury, Harmon. Thoughts on the Fugitive Slave Law and Nebraska Bill. New York: n.p., 1855. Print. Rochester, Dewey D.M. The Constitution of the United States, with the Acts of Congress, Relating to Slavery, Embracing, the Constitution, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793, the Missouri Compromise Act of 1820, the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, and the Nebraska and Kansas Bill, Carefully Compiled. Rochester: D.M. Dewey, 1854. Print. Total Word Co

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