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Though there were multiple causes of the American Civil War, the war resulted “because of uncompromising differences between the free states and the slave states over the power to actually prohibit slavery in certain territories that had yet become states”[ CITATION Ame202 \l 1033 ]. The Compromise of 1850 consists of several laws that were passed that dealt specifically with the issues regarding slavery and territory expansion. According to PBS, in The Compromise of 1850, California was admitted to the Union as a free state [ CITATION PBS21 \l 1033 ]. Corbett states, Congress settled the contested boundary between New Mexico and Texas by favoring New Mexico and not allowing for an enlarged Texas, of course this outcome pleased the North, yet again. (2014). The state of Texas would give up land that was disputed and received 10 million dollars as payment, but this money was used to pay off debt owed to Mexico. With the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law although it was the most controversial, due to requiring citizens to help retrieve slaves that escaped. This law denied slaves the right

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