The Compromise of 1850


The Compromise of 1850 was a major piece of Congressional legislation closely associated with the tensions that led to the Civil War. Among the features of the Compromise was the Federalization of slave catching.




FINDING SOURCES-Sectionalism and the 1850 Compromise

  • What conflicts existed between the Federal Government and the States by 1850?
  • Why was the Fugitive Slave Law such an important part of the Compromise?
  • How did this legislation affect the West?
  • Who, besides Henry Clay, was noted for his remarks on this law?