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Term: Fugitive Slave Act

Definition: An 1850 U.S. law that compelled citizens to help return escaping slaves to their owners; those who refused to assist, or who helped slaves to escape, were subject to heavy penalties. The Fugitive Slave law became a rallying point for abolitionists, who felt compelled to disobey it. View more information elsewhere at

[Source: Columbia Encyclopedia; Turning Points in Wisconsin History.]
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