The Fugitive Slave Law and the Crisis Over Immigration Policy: Assessing a Forgotten Legacy
The controversial 1850 Fugitive Slave Law provoked a bitter national debate over open borders, due process, family separation, federal power and northern states’ rights. Our panelists will discuss those earlier controversies and assess how they might offer important insights or perspective for the current and increasingly intense debates over Trump Administration immigration policies. A book sale and signing will follow.
Panelists include: Richard Blackett, Vanderbilt University; Andrew Delbanco, Columbia University; Judy Giesberg, Villanova University; and Matthew Pinsker (moderator), Dickinson College. This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the House Divided Project and co-sponsored by the Departments of History and American Studies and the Program in Policy Studies.
Fugitive Slave Law, immigration policy
American Studies | History | Immigration Law | Political History | United States History
Delbanco, Andrew, Judy Giesberg, Matthew Pinsker, and Richard Blackett. "The Fugitive Slave Law and the Crisis Over Immigration Policy: Assessing a Forgotten Legacy." Ensemble video, 01:25:38. September 17, 2018.