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The Cause of The American Civil War: The Compromise of 1850Student Name: Vinh K TrinhInstruction: David OkonyanAssignment: Research PaperClass: HIST170-35215Date: May 11, 2018
2The Cause of The American Civil War: The Compromise of 1850IntroductionThe American Civil War was the greatest war in the history of America. The war thattook place between 1861 and 1865 put the Americans in one of the greatest national traumasever. During the period of the war, more than 600,000 lives were lost with over 4,000,000enslaved black Americans being freed from slavery. There are many reasons behind the causes ofthe America’s deadly Civil War including a common assumption that the North never wanted toput up with practices of slavery as being part of the fabric of the American society and the plansfor those who acted to break the political power in the Washington to abolish slavery throughoutthe Union. Slavery is understood to be the major issue behind the American Civil war. Whilethere are several other issues associated with the deadly war, this Chapter will discuss on howThe Compromise of 1850 played a key role in contributing to the emergence of American CivilWar as well as comparing and contrasting the differing views of the people of the North andSouth towards the causes of the war. QuestionsSome of the guiding questions formulated in this paper include:How did the Compromise of 1850 play a role in causing to The American Civil War?What were the differing views and attitude of the Southerners and Northerners on theCompromise of the 1850 as a cause of the Civil War?What led to the Compromise of 1850?The Compromise of the 1850 refers to a series of bills or laws that were passed in 1850that dealt with the issue of slavery in America. Henry Clay established the Compromise with an
3aim of unifying and calming tensions between the people of the North and South.1TheCompromise also targeted to prevent territories from further slavery expansion and strengthenthe Fugitive Slave Act. Fugitive Slave Law is the one that saw the Northern citizens return theslaves. According to Paulus (2014), the Compromise of 1850 actually ended up making thesituation worse and doing exactly the opposite.2In the Compromise, the people of the Northwere promised to have the state of California as a free state and abolishment of trade of slaves inWashington DC. Despite the promise by the Compromise of 1850, there was still slave trade inthe Washington. For the people of the South on the other hand, they were suited with the FugitiveSlave Act, also known as the “Bloodhound Bill”. The law was believed to be much more