Compromise of 1850 and Fugitive Slave Law

Compromise of 1850 and Fugitive Slave Law

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  • The United States during 1850 saw the balance between the slave states, mostly southern, and the free states, mostly northern. However, the balance was disrupted once California decided that it wanted to become a FREE state and no other state were applying for statehood at the time. 
  • I have a solution!
  • The debate of what should happen to California raged on within the government. Spearheading the whole debate was the aging Henry Clay, who believed that the only way to reach a consensuses was to compromise.  
  • If California becomes a free state then the north would have superiority, but if the south gain another slave state then they would have superiority. 
  • Henry Clay proposed that California should be admitted as a free state in exchange that Slave Trade is abolished in DC, the Fugitive Slave Act is passed, and that the territories gained by Mexico given the choice of what state they want to become. 
  • Why not compromise!
  • Perhaps the most controversial compromise was the passing of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. The act stated that it was illegal to help a slave escape and that they must be sent back to their masters immediately. 
  • I cannot anymore after the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was passed
  • Please help me escape from slavery!
  • The Fugitive Slave Act caused more tension between the North and South because the North believed that it gave more power to the slave states over the affairs of the northern states. This lead to some northerners not following the act.
  • We don´t agree with this act!
  • Overall  the most important thing to come out of the Compromise of 1850 was the idea of popular sovereignty, which gave states the right to choose whether they were a slave or free state. 
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