February 12, 1793; Congress enacts the first fugitive slave act law

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damYankee

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On this day in 1793 Congress passes the first fugitive slave law requiring all states, including those that forbid slavery, to forcibly return slaves who have escaped from other states to thier original owners.
The law stated;
" no person held in service of labor in one state, under laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due,"

Read it again and notice the word slave and owner is carefully omitted from the text. As early as 1793, there was some amount of discomfort if not shame associated with those two terms, at least for the men who wrote the laws protecting the "peculiar institution "
This forced every-non slave state to write laws enacting the capture of "runaway laborers" ,
It seems we have always been saddled with P.C. Terminology.
 
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