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THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN Fight For Freedom: Fugitive Slaves (Struggle) A RESEARCH PAPER SUBMITTED TO PROFESSOR JUILET WALKER DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY HISTORY 357C AUSTIN, TEXAS 23NOVEMBER 2010 Table of Contents Introduction --------------------------------------------------------------3 Reasons Why Slaves Ran Away ---------------------------------------4- 7 Problems During the Journey ( Demographics)--------------------7-8 Destination ----------------------------------------------------------------8- 9 Runaway Law -------------------------------------------------------------9-10 Conclusion
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---------------------------------------------------------------10-11 Works Cited --------------------------------------------------------------12-13 Endnotes ------------------------------------------------------------------14-16 In recent years, the status of illegal immigrants has become one of the most heated and politically active issues this country faces. With over 11 million illegal immigrants currently living within the borders of the United States, and thousand more crossing over every year, policy makers are having a tough time deciding how to fix this problem. Many feel that this issue of “Keeping people out” is an untrodden area for the United States, however, they could not be further from the truth. The fact of the matter is that this is not the first time in our country’s history that we have had to deal with the matter of “Unwanted people.” In the 1800s the United States faced the problem with migration of runway slaves to the North. Through such acts as the Fugitive Slave Law, passed in 1850, the North was forced to return runaway slaves to the South. This law, like current immigration law, was based around the principle of exclusion. It is important to notice how the runaway slave experience, although unique in many aspects, sparks a striking similarity with the experiences and struggles that illegal aliens face in today’s society. Illegal immigrants have been compared to runaway slaves for many reasons. Once they were incorporated into the North, fugitive slaves lived in isolated communities, performed the most dangerous and undesirable jobs, and got paid little to nothing for their hard work. In order to deal effectively with the current situation concerning illegal immigration, we most first take a look back into the past to see what mistakes our country made dealing with fugitive slaves. By examining the laws pertaining to fugitive slaves, the reasons why they ran away, and the struggles they faced after arriving in the North, we can better understand their struggle and form a more solid framework to make decisions about the future for illegal aliens. In 2006, president Barack Obama ( the senator) delivered a speech to George W. Bush on the problem of illegal immigration in which he stated,” Like millions of Americans, the immigration story is also my story.” In his address, Barack Obama described the problem of immigration law,
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