30 Most Ridiculous Laws From Ancient Times

The Fugitive Slave Act Of 1850

#20 The Fugitive Slave Act Of 1850

The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was a brutal, proslavery doctrine that forced the common citizens to participate in capturing and returning the absconded slaves.

If anyone refused to help the government in finding the runaways or aided the absconders, they would suffer a fine of $1000 and even six months of jail time. Moreover, the slave would lose any right to a fair trial in front of a jury.

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