Compromise of 1850 and Fugitive Slave Law

Compromise of 1850 and Fugitive Slave Law

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  • 1850, before California attempts to join
  • Compromise is generally well received
  • We have 15 free states!
  • And we have 15 slave states! Balance is awesome!
  • California attempts to join the United States
  • I'm California and I want to join as a free state!
  • Wait a second, I'm not cool with that! This would cause imbalance and benefit those filthy Northerners!
  • Henry Clay's proposition of the Compromise of 1850 (and by extension, the Fugitive Slave Act)
  • Hi, Henry Clay here with the Compromise of 1850. This will abolish the slave trade in Washington D.C. and pass the Fugitive Slave Act. Texas will also receive $10 million as compensation for land lost. Hopefully this will ease the tension a bit!
  • I'm happy with this since slave trade will be weakened and we can add California to our territory!
  • It's also now illegal to help fugitive slaves escape from their owner! We also established popular sovereignty so states can decide whether or not they want slavery!
  • And so, with the idea of popular sovereignty, the lands gained from Mexico were more easily able to be added as United States territory. The North and South were both appeased, for now.
  • However, just because the North and South were appeased, it did not mean the tension between the two were gone. Sectional tension remained and grew over further debate of territory and slavery.
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