Causes Of Compromise Of 1850

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Slavery as a whole has had major effects in the Unites States. In the 1850’s slavery was an issue that politicians often had many compromises. However, as time progressed, politicians of the North and South were unable to compromise about slavery expansion into new territories. There have been many short, middle and long range causes that led to the disagreements in slavery expansion. The Missouri Compromise, taken place in 1821 was the beginning of what seemed to be, the calming of our nation in regards to slavery. When Northerners believed that Southern States held too much power within the government, “they demanded that Missouri be admitted as a free state” (Seidman 32). This was not something that rolled over well with Southerners, …show more content…
The Compromise of 1850 was a “collection of resolutions” that essentially offered the North and the South something that they would want. On the first try Clay created what is known as the Omnibus Bill, however Senators made efforts to make a bill more agreeable between both the North and the South and took many of Clay’s ideas and narrowed them down. These provisions included about five different agreements. First, California was to be admitted as a free state. New Mexico and Utah were under popular sovereignty. Third, settling Texas’s debt as well as denying the claim to extend their boundaries. Clay’s fourth provision including ending slave trade in Washington D.C., and lastly, making a new, strict fugitive slave law (Lecture 2/29). The Compromise of 1850, made strong efforts in trying to ease tension between the South and the …show more content…
Stephan A. Douglas, an American politician “presented a bill” that “introduced two new territories into the Union” (Seidman 40). These new territories included Kansas and Nebraska. Douglas gave the people an opportunity to choose whether they would allow slavery in their area or not. It is believed that Douglas thought that “popular sovereignty would lead to two more free states” (Seidman 40). If this was the case, the Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854) would put an end to the first effort in compromising slavery in our nation, the Missouri Compromise while starting a new one. Popular sovereignty was a way to give people the ability to vote and have a voice in

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