Fugitive Slave Act on the African American Population Identify the impact of the Fugitive Slave Act on the African American population and the ways in which individuals and organizations in black communities responded.
Discuss the ways in which black northerners supported one another in the face of white hostility and violence during the antebellum period. Include the role of mutual aid societies, black churches, and black schools. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was enacted by the United States Congress on 18 September 1850. It extended the reach of the institution of slavery into the free Northern states, stating that refugees from enslavement living there could be returned to enslavement in the South once captured.