A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Fugitive Slave Act, First

Fugitive Slave Act, First (12 February 1793) This law allowed slaveowners, or their agents, to demand warrants from federal or state magistrates to return alleged runaways to their home state. Although slaves were not entitled to protection under the Bill of Rights, the law failed to guarantee rights under the Fifth and Sixth Amendments to free blacks wrongly arrested as slaves. Despite this fundamental denial of rights to black citizens, the Supreme Court upheld the law in Prigg v. Pennsylvania.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Fugitive Slave Act, First," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed July 3, 2022, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=YFVMRJCYL193BXT.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Fugitive Slave Act, First." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 3 Jul. 2022. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=YFVMRJCYL193BXT.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Fugitive Slave Act, First' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 3 July 2022, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=YFVMRJCYL193BXT.