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There was a document that was composed in 1850 to try and keep a crisis from coming between the North and the South. That document was the Compromise of 1850. Henry Clay, who represented the state of Kentucky in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, wrote this to try and help keep a balance between the North and South. The Compromise of 1850 consists of five laws passed in September of 1850 that dealt with the issue of slavery. In 1849 California requested permission to enter the Union as a free state, potentially upsetting the balance between the free and slave states in the U.S. Senate. Senator Henry Clay introduced a series of resolutions on January 29, 1850, in an attempt to seek a compromise and avert a crisis between North and South[Com17]. He knew that if California wanted to come into the Union as a free state, it would have caused much turmoil between the North and the South states. Because of the Compromise of 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act was lifted.

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