#MIHistory – Feb. 13: Rebelling Against the Fugitive Slave Act

In a rebellion against the federal Fugitive Slave Law, the Michigan Legislature passed a law on this day in 1855 that prohibited Michigan county jails from housing escaped slaves. The personal liberty law also said that officers of the court must defend anyone who was targeted by bounty hunters for capture. Michigan was one of nine states to have such a law.


An abolitionist cartoon takes to task Northern states that complied with the Fugitive Slave Law.


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