Compromise of 1850

By: Ellie Montgomery

The Compromise of 1850 passed a series of bills addressed to slavery. These bills were decided by popular sovereignty. The Fugitive Act was passed during the Compromise of 1850 and stated that by law all Americans had to catch runaway slaves. In 1849 California requested to become a part of the Union as a free state. Adding more states to becoming free states would destroy the balance between free and slave states.

Key Points:

- California becoming free state

- popular sovereignty

- Fugitive Slave Act

Connection: The Compromise of 1850 and the Missouri Compromise are similar by how they were both compromises that compromised the idea of two states and the unbalance of free states to slave states. They both were influenced by the Civil War and were devised by Henry Clay.

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