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The Fugitive Slave Law was enacted by Congress in September, 1850, received the signature of Howell Cobb, of Georgia, as Speaker of the House of Representatives, of William R. King, of Alabama, as President of the Senate, and was “approved,” September 18th, of that year, by Millard Fillmore, Acting President of the United States.
The authorship of the Bill is generally ascribed to James M. Mason, Senator from Virginia. Before proceeding to the principal object of this tract, it is proper to give a synopsis of the Act itself, which was well called, by the New York Evening Post, “An Act for the Encouragement of Kidnapping.”
The Fugitive Slave Law TOC
- Synopsis of the Law
- Northern Men Voting Against Law
- Victims of the Fugitive Slave Law
- Present Record of Fugitive Slave Law
Names mentioned in work:
Bill, or William Thomas
Daughter of Samuel Godshall
Euphemia Williams or Mrs. Tamor
George W. McQuerry
Helen or Hannah
John Henry Wilson
Ralls and Logan
The Lemmon Slaves
Thomas Scott Johnson
William and Ellen Craft