The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Classroom | Fugitive Slave Act

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.