The Fugitive Slave Clause and the Antebellum Constitution

  title={The Fugitive Slave Clause and the Antebellum Constitution},
  author={H. Robert Baker},
  journal={Law and History Review},
  pages={1133 - 1174}
  • H. Baker
  • Published 1 November 2012
  • History, Law
  • Law and History Review
Among the most long-lasting constitutional controversies in the antebellum era was the interpretation of the fugitive slave clause. It was the subject of repeated legislative and judicial construction at both the state and the federal level. It raised delicate questions about federalism and the balancing of property rights and personal liberty. Slaveholders and abolitionists brought irreconcilable constitutional positions to the table, ultimately dividing Northerners from Southerners. However… 
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