A law passed as part of the Compromise of 1850, which provided southern slaveholders with legal weapons to capture slaves who had escaped to the free states. The law was highly unpopular in the North and helped to convert many previously indifferent northerners to antislavery.
And Daniel Webster, a great opponent of slavery, supported the vile Compromise of 1850, fugitive slave act and all.
The commissioners subsequently appointed under the fugitive slave act are officers of that description.
He took a leading part in the anti-slavery crusade, and specially in resisting the fugitive slave act.
Mr. Sumner reminded him that the repeal of the fugitive slave act was a special order at that time.
It was in line with the advance that slavery was making in new territory that there was passed the first fugitive slave act .
This was the tragic significance of the fugitive slave act of 1850.
The constitutional objections to the fugitive slave act are abundant.
The application of it would at once annul the fugitive slave act, and abolish slavery.
Such proceeding is essentially final, and this is the unquestionable character of that under the fugitive slave act.
When the fugitive slave act went into operation, they received warning that the hounds were on their track.