MI Black History: Obstructing the Fugitive Slave Act

Q: How did Michigan respond to the Fugitive Slave Act, which required people escaping slavery to be returned to the South?

A: Michigan enacted a “personal liberty” law in defiance of the Fugitive Slave Act. The law said that Michigan’s county jails could not be used to imprison people fleeing from slavery, and that officers of the court must defend anyone who was targeted by bounty hunters for capture.

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