APUSH Compromise 1850 & Fugitive Slave Law

APUSH Compromise 1850 & Fugitive Slave Law

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  • California would like to join the Union as a FREE state...
  • If California is admitted to the Union as a free state, the number of free and slave states will be unequal! this isn't fair!
  • A crisis is occurring between the north and south over the issue of slavery as western territory is being added to the US. There needs to be a balance between the number of slave states and the number of free states.
  • the North is trying to change our way of life!
  • slavery is wrong!
  • How about a compromise?
  • Henry Clay proposed the Compromise of 1850 and it was initially welcomed. However, the compromise was not perfect; for example, abolitionists were still unsatisfied because slavery had yet to be abolished.
  • We're good... For now. 
  • The Compromise of 1850 was passed by Congress and benefited the north and the south. The North received the free state of California, and the Fugitive slave law benefited the South. The Compromise of 1850 also ended the slave trade in Washington, D.C. (but didn't abolish it slavery as a whole).
  • Under the Fugitive Slave Law, I am taking these slaves back to the south!
  • Under the Fugitive Slave Law, northern abolitionists could no longer help fugitive slaves escape. Southern slave catchers also took freed slaves, because it was easy these catchers to argue that the slaves weren't really free. 
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