|From website of Dickinson College|
One of the consequences of the law was more intense sectionalism and disdain between the north and south. Whereas the law sought to bring peace, it created more conflict as northerners refused to comply. Another result was a rapid increase in the activity of the Underground Railroad, with many of the slaves deciding to leave the country altogether and live in Canada. The country was clearly traveling down the slippery slope to war. In UTC, Stowe vividly describes the conflict between those trying to retrieve fugitives and those trying to assist their escape.