The Appeasement of 1850
Ch. 12 in CONGRESS AND THE CRISIS OF THE 1850s, (Paul Finkelman and Donald R. Kenon, eds., Ohio University Press 2012)
46 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2017
Date Written: 2012
This book chapter examines the history of the passage of the Compromise of 1850 and the nature of the Compromise. The chapter argues that the Compromise almost entirely favored slavery, and that rather than a "compromise," it was an appeasement of the slave South. By any measure, the Compromise of 1850 failed to achieve its major goal - to defuse sectional conflict over slavery. The compromise stimulated a decade of confrontations between northerners and the federal government over the fugitive slave law and even led to Northerns making states' rights arguments.
Keywords: compromise of 1850, fugitive slave law of 1850, John C. Calhoun, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, slavery in the territories, states' rights, arguments, southern nationalism, civil war, slave trade in the US
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