The Fugitive Slave Law of 1793 and its Antecedents

  title={The Fugitive Slave Law of 1793 and its Antecedents},
  author={Charles Wendell David},
  journal={The Journal of Negro History},
  pages={18 - 25}
  • C. W. David
  • Published 1 January 1924
  • History, Law
  • The Journal of Negro History
Almost immediately after the introduction of slavery we find that its horrors led to so many runaways that colonial laws relating to fugitive slaves had to be enacted. In later days when the argument was often made that slavery was the best condition for the Negro some one asked this question: "If slavery is so good for him, why is it that he flees from it, rather than to it?" That question was never answered by the slaveholder. The earliest regulations as to fugitive slaves is found in 1629… 

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