Compromise Of 1850 Dbq Analysis

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The United States government used many different compromises to try and calm the tensions between the Northern and Southern states during a time of strained relations within the country. Slavery was the main issue at hand, the largest difference between the North and South states. These compromises all had their flaws, leading to the ultimate failure of the government’s actions to try and promote peace across the country.
James Tallmadge Jr. proposed Tallmadge Amendment which called for no further slave trade in Missouri and a gradual emancipation of slavery in the state as Missouri was applying for statehood. This led to controversy which had to be settled by Congress. In 1820 the dispute over Missouri entering as a slave state or a free
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C). By refusing to speak about the issue of slavery, the house put tensions between the North and the South to ease, shown by their involvement with the Revolution of the Pinckney Committee. This appeased the South calming tensions from the threat of secession from South Carolina three years prior (doc. A). The Compromise of 1850 was introduced by Henry Clay in an additional attempt to avoid secession of any southern states. The Compromise, put into effect in the year 1850, included: California being admitted as a free state, the territories of Utah and New Mexico having popular sovereignty on slavery, an end to the slave trade in the District of Columbia, the adoption of a more stringent Fugitive Slave Act, and a settling of the boundary dispute between Texas and New Mexico. This allowed Congress to avoid secession and war for many years. Similar to the Missouri Compromise, this “compromise” wasn’t a solution to the tensions in the country, just a way to push off the