Compromise of 1850 and Fugitive Slave Act

Compromise of 1850 and Fugitive Slave Act

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  • After the compromise, the idea of popular sovereignty developed which allowed states to choose if they are a free state or slave state 
  • In the Compromise of 1850, California was entering as a free state and the north and south were further dividing 
  • The compromise called for the strengthening of the Fugitive Slave Law, the abolition of the slave trade in D.C., and the federal government to assume the debt of Texas. 
  • The Fugitive Slave Law was developed in 1850 and ordered all northerners to return runaway slaves back to the south
  • This was not always easy for the northerners because they did not believe slavery was justifiable.
  • As a result, of both the compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Law, the north and south were divided more than ever
  • Some northerners got caught saving slaves from going back to the south
  • The difference in opinion over slavery was what ultimately divided the US into the ideas of the north and the ideas of the south
  • The compromise allowed Congress to avoid slavery issues for several years to come. 
  • Due to the Compromise of 1850, the south was strengthened by the fugitive slave law and California was added as a free state.
  •  Also, Texas was given 10 million dollars to resolve debt and although slave trade was illegal in D.C., slavery was not. 
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