Chapter 13


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  • In 1850, California wanted to enter the Union and be a free state.
  • The South didn't want this to happen, because then there would be too many free states (16-15 majority).
  • Henry Clay proposed a compromise to settle the issue.
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  • California would be a free state.
  • A new system of popular sovereignty would be instituted in the new territories gained from Mexico 
  • The slave trade would be abolished in Washington DC.
  • However, a new law called the Fugitive Slave Law was passed that forced slaves to return South if caught.
  • The Fugitive Slave Law led to even more North-South divisions over slavery and saw a large number of abductions of former slaves and freedmen.
  •  It also inspired propaganda about slavery on both sides, such as Uncle Tom's Cabin.
  • It also set up the system of popular sovereignty, which would eventually lead into conflicts over new states and their stance on slavery, such as the events of Bleeding Kansas and John Brown.
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