This thesis looks at the 1842 Supreme Court ruling of Prigg v. Pennsylvania, the events leading up to this case, and the subsequent legislative fallout from the decision. The Supreme Court rendered this ruling in an effort to clear up confusion regarding the conflict between state and federal law with regard to fugitive slave recovery. Instead, the ambiguities contained within the ruling further complicated the issue of fugitive slave recovery. This complication commenced when certain state legislatures exploited an inadvertent loophole contained in the ruling.
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- African American Studies
- Fugitive slaves--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States.
- Slavery--United States--Legal status of slaves in free states.
- Sectionalism (United States)--History--19th century.
- Sectionalism (United States)
- Partial requirement for: M.A., Arizona State University, 2010Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 74-77)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: History