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"The Fugitive Slave Question- Who passed it?" article from the Gazette and Courier newspaper

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The Fugitive Slave Bill required law enforcement officials anywhere in the United States to arrest anyone suspected of being a runaway slave. This law was strongly opposed by abolitionists but did not stop the work of the people manning the Underground Railroad. It did make Canada the ultimate destination for the runaway slaves, since the Northern states were no longer safe havens. This is a list of the members of the House and how they voted on the bill. The point made by the author is that the Democratic Party, not the Whigs succeeded in passing this bill. The Gazette & Courier was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from July 20, 1841 until June 24, 1932. Before 1841 the newspaper's name changed quite frequently, with Gazette a frequent part of the title.


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