Personal Liberty Laws: Definition & History


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One main problem with the original wording of the Constitution regarding fugitive slaves was

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1. The first Fugitive Slave Act was passed in what year?

2. The second wave of personal liberty laws was enacted in response to what federal legislation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Slavery was one personal liberty that was hotly contested by people throughout the United States, and the quiz and worksheet work in tandem to determine how much you understand about personal liberty laws. The quiz guides you through questions about the political, legal, and social ramifications of the laws surrounding slavery.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In the assessment, you will be quizzed on these main ideas:

  • Constitutional law about fugitive slaves
  • The first state to allow jury trials for runaway slaves
  • Fugitive Slave Acts

Skills Practiced

See if you can effectively employ these skills while you work on the quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about personal liberty laws from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use your knowledge of personal liberty laws to understand the response of individual states to federal legislation about slavery
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding trial by jury for runaway slaves
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the many versions of the Fugitive Slave Act

Additional Learning

Dig deeper into this topic by reviewing the accompanying lesson called Personal Liberty Laws: Definition & Lesson. Objectives found in the lesson include the following:

  • Define abolitionist and runaway slave
  • Know the technological advancement that increased the need for slaves in the South
  • Understand the pay scale for federal officials tasked with dealing with runaway slaves
  • Identify states that passed personal liberty laws during the early to mid-1800s