Compromise of 1850 & Fugitive Slave Law

Compromise of 1850 & Fugitive Slave Law

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  • The Compromise of 1850 consisted of five laws that dealt with slavery. Before this, in 1849, California wanted to join the Union as a free state; however, this would throw off the balance of free and slave states. This was the first time were the U.S couldn't find a solution.
  • I, Henry Clay, here by introduce a series of laws and resolutions that will put effort to reaching a compromise on the intervention of California and prevent further conflict between the North and South. This series of resolutions shall be known as the Compromise of 1850.
  • In January 1850, Senator Henry Clay introduced the Compromise of 1850.
  • The compromise prevented further territorial expansion of slavery, while strengthening the Fugitive Slave Law.
  • As a result of the compromise, the Fugitive Slave Law was amended, slave trade was abolished in Washington D.C, and California was added to the Union as a free state.
  • The Fugitive Slave Law was that forced Northerners to seize and return escaped slaves to the South. The law stated that it is illegal to help a fugitive slave escape from their owner. It also gave runaway slaves no basic legal rights such as, the right to a jury trial and the right to testify in their own defense.
  • I don't want to have to send you back, but I have to; it's the law.
  • Aw man.
  • The law was very unpopular in the North due to the majority being against slavery; however, there were some who were undecided. The enforcement of the law led these undecided people to follow anti-slavery. The law was also a great hit to abolitionists
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