The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850: Symbolic Gesture or Rational Guarantee
Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Barry R. Weingast
Stanford University - The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
Why did Southerners seek a new fugitive slave act as part of the Compromise of 1850? What did the act materially contribute to the protection of the South's "peculiar institution"? Historians generally have been quite coy about describing southern motives for demanding the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Yet the passage of the fugitive slave act as part of the compromise remains a puzzle for several reasons.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 41working papers series
Date posted: June 30, 2008
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