Many northerners were a part of the underground railroad or even gave runaway slaves a place to live.
Northerners were most pleased that California was admitted as a free state. The south was pleased that the fugitive slave act REQUIRED assistance in capturing runaway slaves or face imprisonment.
The Fugitive Slave Law.
The issue of slavery was important to northerners because that meant they could catch runaway laves and they could get a reward for it. it was also important for the southerners because that meant that the money they spent on them was a partial waste.
Its because in 1850 congress passed the Fugative Slave Act, which stated that all slave owners had the right to retrieve run away slaves.
Because under the new Fugitive Slave Act, Northerners were under pressure to report anyone who looked like a runaway.
It required northerners to help recapture runaway slaves which was disliked either on moral grounds as it was for abolitionists but also in some reasons of fear of a Slave Power Conspiracy with the Southern Slaves States holding greater power over Congress than the North, many northerners in the mid 1800s believed many of the politicians in power were under the thumb of Southerners. This act in particular placed fines on people who would not cooperate and jail terms on people who helped fugitives escape. Also, southern slave catchers (aka federal marshals) roamed the North, sometimes capturing free African Americans with little regard for if they were free or fugitive slaves.
Some states passed personal liberty laws for runaway slaves.
The south supported it because it required northerners to return any runaway slaves to their masters in the south.
many northerners opposed the fugitive slave act because it forced regular citizens to help capture runaway slaves whether they wanted to or not. most white southerners supported it because they considered the slaves to be property. :Dp.s. i tried to find the answer to this question on this website then i actually looked in my text book and found it.! so i decided to share my answer with everyone! NO PROBLEM! :)
Because it forced regular citizens to help capture runaway slaves, whether they wanted to or even agreed with slavery or not.
the fugitive slave law
Northerners opposed the Fugitive Slacve law because they were against slavery, so they didn't want to help capture runaway slaves because they thought that if they had got away, then leave them alone. Besides it would make slavery worse in a way.
It recruited many more Northerners to the Abolitionist cause, and inspired the Underground Railroad - the system of safe-houses by which runaway slaves were smuggled into Canada.
By passing the Fugitive Slave Act, which forced Northerners to report anyone who looked like a runaway slave. The Northern public greatly resented this.
The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 required Americans to return runaway slaves to their owners.
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A law made by Congress in 1793 to give the return of runaway slaves back to their owners.
The Fugitive Slave Act forced those who lived in northern states or any who supported abolition, to send runaway slaves back to their owners in an effort to maintain peace between the north and south. So the view of the southerners was that the act MUST be enforced and their slaves returned to them.
Well the north thought all men were created equal but, the south thought god put some on the Earth to rule others. The north disagreed with the south and the south disagreed with the north. But some people in the south agreed with the north they were called Quakers they were a religious group. They would help runaway slaves like the famous Harriet Tubman. The south got angry with the north because they helped runaway slaves. So the South's money was disappearing because they viewed slave as property they paid for instead of the people that they were.
They didn't like it. It had been brought in as a necessary 'macho' gesture to appease the South for the introduction of California as free soil. It went too far altogether - requiring the public to report anyone who looked as though they might be a runaway, on pain of heavy fines. It caused many Northerners who had been neutral on slavery to join the Abolitionist movement.
It was so popular in the North because it showed the evils of slavery and the injustices of the fugitive slave law which made northerners "participate" in slavery by sending runaway slaves back to the south.
The law made it a federal crime to aid runaway slaves and allowed the arrest of escaped slaves. Many northerners openly broke the law, angering slaveholders.