The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850: Symbolic Gesture or Rational Guarantee

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Jeffrey Rogers Hummel

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Barry R. Weingast

Stanford University, Department of Political Science

Date Written: January 2006

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Hummel, Jeffrey Rogers and Weingast, Barry R., The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850: Symbolic Gesture or Rational Guarantee (January 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1153528 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1153528

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