The Slave Catchers: Enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Law, 1850-1860

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University of North Carolina Press, 1970 - 236 pages
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In this thoroughly researched documentation of a historically controversial issue, the author considers the background, passage, and constitutionality of the Fugitive Slave Law. The author's relation of public opinion and the executive policy regarding the much disputed law will help the reader reach a decision as to whether the law was actually a success or failure, legally and socially.

Originally published in 1970.

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Background and Passage of the Fugitive Slave Law
The Constitutionality of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 26
The Fugitive Slave Law and Public Opinion 18501854 49

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