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        Mercy Street | Fugitive Slave Act 1850

        In this media gallery and associated activity from Mercy Street, students learn about and analyze the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, its effect on enslaved people, and how its passing into law impacted fugitive slave resettlement and the abolitionist movement in the United States.

        Fugitive Slaves in Free States: Still not Free

        In this video from Mercy Street, meet Ben Cooper, a young man who escaped enslavement and begins working in the Green furniture factory.

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        "This is not our battle"

        In this video from Mercy Street, James Green, Sr. and Jr. witness Ben Cooper, his uncle Lionel and other men of color rounded up by law enforcement to be taken back down south to the plantations they escaped from.

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        Fugitive Slave Act of 1850: Nothing Could Be Done

        In this video from Mercy Street, Union soldiers tell James Green, Sr. there was nothing that could be done to help Ben Cooper because of the Fugitive Slave Act.

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