Ohio Memory has published a new post, ““Against the Moral Sentiment of Humanity”: The Fugitive Slave Act”
In 1850, U.S. Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky introduced a series of five resolutions which, together, would become the Compromise of 1850. These decreed that Congress could not interfere with interstate slave trade, allowed Utah and New Mexico residents to vote on the status of slavery, admitted California to the Union as a free state, and abolished slavery in Washington, D.C. The fifth resolution included in the Compromise was the Fugitive Slave Act, which was enacted on September 18, 1850. […]
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