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They didn’t. In the early days of the American colonization of the West, slaves were considered “free,” but were still bound to their owners, and could not own or share clothing with whomever, for instance. As the country grew, however, the status of slaves began to change and in 1834 Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, authorizing the creation of a National Slavery Registry.

The law required the government to maintain a list of people free and slaves and send out notices asking them if they might be slaves or free. Those who replied with an “A” would have their name removed from the register. Those who refused to say if they were a slave or free would be placed in danger, according to the law:

“If any person on the said list shall refuse to answer such questions in writing at the time and place herein provided, such person shall become a fugitive from justice and, upon being indicted…shall be tried for such offence and adjudged the lawful owner or legal occupant of any property in said estate and, when in such trial the same shall be found by the court to have been unlawfully taken from the master or master’s family or from the bondman…the said owner…shall forfeit, in accordance with the laws of the United States, such property as for the purpose of such sale shall have been adjudged lawful property…”

In other words, the law authorized the government to confiscate property from people who refused to confirm they were free.


What was the consequences for people who sold their slaves?

According to the federal website, “If it turns out that a slave owned by the owner is sold, the owner may be required to pay the purchaser an amount equal to the value of the slave (including any additional amount needed to cover insurance costs), and may also be required to pay the buyer of an inferior slave.”

If you had a slave who died, where was your heir?

Slavery didn’t end with slavery’s demise. As the federal government and many states began to enforce the Fugitive Slave Laws, “an additional set of slave law provisions called ‘The New Slave Law Regulations’ began to be adopted in all of the states in the 1840s. This statute, in part, gave the owner of a slave an additional right to sell the deceased slave’s body to any person who bought it.”

So how many slaves were held in slavery in the United States?
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According to the Library of Congress, there were

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