Today In History- September 18

Today In History- September 18


The U.S. Congress passes the Fugitive Slave Act.

Fugitive Slave Act enforced after Compromise of 1850 passage.

  • Washington, D.C.

As part of the Compromise of 1850, on September 18, 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act was created, an agreement drafted by Senator James Mason of Virginia.  The law was especially harsh for those who chose to disregard the legislation, or assist other negroes in escaping from their masters.  Accordingly, law officials were required to arrest any negro they suspected of being a runaway, of they were liable to pay a fine of up to $1000.  The resulting  response was an increase in the number of abolitionists, and increased controversy over the maintenance of slavery in the United States.

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