Learn about the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, and what led to its implementation. Southerners pushed for harsh laws to staunch the flow of runaways—culminating in the notorious Fugitive Slave Act of 1850--a watershed moment in American history. This video is an excerpt from Episode Two, The Age of Slavery, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.Premiere Date: October 29, 2013 | Runtime: 00:00:00
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This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent right up to todaywhen America has a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.