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What did the Compromise of 1850 offer to people who supported slavery? What did it offer to those who opposed it?

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Adam Ryan 6th period 11/8/02 U.S. History 1. What did the Compromise of 1850 offer to people who supported slavery? What did it offer to those who opposed it? During the mid 1800s, the possibility of the United States becoming two nations seemed to have become very real. Something had to be done to stop this from happening. Henry Clay, a U.S. senator, worked very hard to develop a compromise that would satisfy both the North and the South. Clay went to visit his past rival, Daniel Webster, who agreed to support Clay's compromise. On January 9, 1850, Clay presented the senate a series of resolutions, which later became known as the Compromise of 1850. Clay hoped that these resolutions would take care of the problems between the free and slave states dealing with slavery. The Compromise of 1850 offered things that were supposed to satisfy those who supported slavery and those who opposed it. ...read more.

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Douglas took over from where Clay had left off. To ensure not to be defeated this time, Douglas reintroduced the resolutions one at a time, instead of all at once. He hoped that this would result in a majority vote for each resolution individually. The death of President Taylor helped Douglas's efforts. Millard Fillmore became the new President. Fillmore clearly supported the compromise. Calhoun's death also helped. Leaders in the South favored Clay's compromise. In 1850 the Compromise of 1850 was voted into law. 2. What was the Kansas-Nebraska Act designed to accomplish? What were some of the intended and unintended results of its passage? On January 23, 1984, Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois proposed a bill to Congress that would divide the Nebraska territory in the North and the Kansas territory in the South. If this act were passed, it would repeal a provision of the Missouri Compromise, which had prohibited slavery in the territories north of 36� 30'. ...read more.

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Even with all this, Seward doubted that he would be nominated. Abraham Lincoln, as opposed to Seward, seemed to be relatively unknown. This possibly helped Lincoln to win the nomination, since Lincoln had not had as many occasions to offend his fellow Republicans and Seward had. Delegates because of Seward's thoughts that the conflict between the North and South were irrepressible rejected Seward. Lincoln seemed more moderate in his views by the delegates. Lincoln had pledged to stop the further spread of slavery, at the same time, he also tried to convince the Southerners that a Republican administration would conflict with their slaves or with them about their slaves. However, his attempt to convince the southerners had failed. Southerners viewed Lincoln as a "black republican." Many southerners thought that his election would be "the greatest evil tat has ever befallen this country." Lincoln had won the election. Lincoln believed that slavery was a national problem. He was determined to be sure to stop the expansion of slavery. Lincoln thought that slavery was morally wrong, as he believed in racial equality. ...read more.

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