Compromise Of 1850 Research Paper

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The Compromise of 1850 is a series of five separate bills proposed by Sen. Henry Clay of Kentucky, and passed by the United States Congress in September 1850. This was done in a bid to resolve numerous unsettled slavery matters, the status of territories acquired during Mexican-American War (1846–1848), various boundary issues, and to avoid the risk of ending the Union. The union at the time constituted of fifteen Free states and fifteen slave states. The dispute started when the territory of California’s (whose population had increased tremendously due to the Gold rush) residents began requesting for statehood, and drafted a state constitution which made no provision for slavery. If the congress accepted California’s request for Statehood…show more content…
The Southerners felt disgruntled as they saw their political power slipping away, while the Northerners saw this as an opportunity to stop the extension of slavery and to reduce the influence of Southerners in the federal government. When Congress confronted the issue of California on December 3, 1849, and the members on both sides began marshalling forces which lead to a long and bitter battle, and because neither Whigs nor Democrats held a majority in the House of Representatives no one knew which side President Taylor was on. The President who was nationalist and a slave holder himself did not oppose slavery but abhorred the slavery issue because it threatened his vision of a continental empire. He therefore was willing to forgo the extension of slavery into territories. The Southerners objected to this but the President said, “Whatever dangers may threaten the Union I shall stand by it and maintain it in its integrity.” But with the Southerners resisting the President’s plan the congress deadlocked on the territorial

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