Compromise of 1850 and Fugitive Slave Law - Shravan Arun


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Chapter 13

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  • California is a free state!!
  • Faced with the rising tensions of sectionalism, Henry Clay synthesized the compromise of 1850 as he combined several proposals into one piece of legislation and presented it to the Senate on January 29, 1850.
  • The Compromise of 1850 provided that it would allow California to join the United States as a free state, the formation of territorial lands that came from the deal with the land from Mexico, without restrictions on slavery.
  • These resolutions sparked a debate that raged on for several months but ultimately over time and the death of President Taylor allowed people to gain support of the proposed document.
  • The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was created as more free states were added on to the United States as there were slaves that were pursuing freedom and states that were labeled as free or slave states.
  • The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 states that it is illegal to help a fugitive slave escape from its owner as the Fugitive Slave Acts was an extension and element of the Compromise of 1850.
  • The North opposed the Fugitive Slave Act because they had already abolished slavery and the North and the slaves had become free when they were in a free state but there were mobs that were formed in the North which opposed the practice of the Fugitive Slave Act. This resulted in the Southerners getting angry as the key component of the Compromise of 1850 was now meaningless.
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