By: Tierney Brown

1705-1850's slavery

Congress in 1793, the first fugitive slave act authorized local governments to seize and return escaped slaves to their owners.Widespread resistance to the 1793,law that led to the passage of the figurative slave act of 1850, which added provisions regarding runaway's and levied even harsher punishments for trying to stop their capture.

The firgurative slave act

The passage of the figurative slave act resulted in many free blacks being illegally captured and sold into slavery.One famous case concerned Solomon North-up ,a free born black musician who was kidnapped in Washington D.C. in 1841. North-up would spend 12 years as a slave in Louisiana before winning back his freedom in 1853.