Fugitive Slave Laws Before the Civil War

Here’s Professor James Oakes giving a terrific presentation on the Fugitive Slave situation and the disagreements over the Fugitive Slave Law prior to the Civil War.

The video’s description reads, “Historian James Oakes talked about runaway slaves and the consequences of fugitive slave laws. Professor Oakes argued that tensions between slave and free states over fugitive slaves was one of the leading factors in the 1850s leading to the Civil War. This event was part of a conference hosted by Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.”



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