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The Cause of The American Civil War: The Compromise of 1850 Student Name: Vinh K Trinh Instruction: David Okonyan Assignment: Research Paper Class: HIST170-35215 Date: May 11, 2018
2 The Cause of The American Civil War: The Compromise of 1850 Introduction The American Civil War was the greatest war in the history of America. The war that took place between 1861 and 1865 put the Americans in one of the greatest national traumas ever. During the period of the war, more than 600,000 lives were lost with over 4,000,000 enslaved black Americans being freed from slavery. There are many reasons behind the causes of the America’s deadly Civil War including a common assumption that the North never wanted to put up with practices of slavery as being part of the fabric of the American society and the plans for those who acted to break the political power in the Washington to abolish slavery throughout the Union. Slavery is understood to be the major issue behind the American Civil war. While there are several other issues associated with the deadly war, this Chapter will discuss on how The Compromise of 1850 played a key role in contributing to the emergence of American Civil War as well as comparing and contrasting the differing views of the people of the North and South towards the causes of the war. Questions Some 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 the Compromise 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 1850 that dealt with the issue of slavery in America. Henry Clay established the Compromise with an
3 aim of unifying and calming tensions between the people of the North and South. 1 The Compromise also targeted to prevent territories from further slavery expansion and strengthen the Fugitive Slave Act. Fugitive Slave Law is the one that saw the Northern citizens return the slaves. According to Paulus (2014), the Compromise of 1850 actually ended up making the situation worse and doing exactly the opposite. 2 In the Compromise, the people of the North were promised to have the state of California as a free state and abolishment of trade of slaves in Washington DC. Despite the promise by the Compromise of 1850, there was still slave trade in the Washington. For the people of the South on the other hand, they were suited with the Fugitive Slave Act, also known as the “Bloodhound Bill”. The law was believed to be much more

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