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Professor and classmates, This week I have chosen to discuss: The Compromise of 1850, The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 and the Lincoln Douglas Debates of 1858. I believe that all of these events had a major role in the American Civil War. They all had to do with the issue of slavery in the United States and where it should be allowed and whether it should be continued or abolished. The Compromise of 1850 was a plan for temporary political peace, was originally proposed by Republican Senator Henry Clay, it consisted of five bills and was a compromise between the north and south and the spread of slavery[ CITATION Edi19 \l 1033 ]. The goal of the Compromise was to avoid conflict and keep the country together[ CITATION Edi19 \l 1033 ]. This plan gained many benefits for both the north and the south. California was the 16 th Free State and part of the Union[ CITATION USH191 \l 1033 ], the trading of slaves was now illegal in Washington DC, but you could still own slaves[ CITATION Cor19 \l 1033 ], Texas lost territory but gained 10 million to pay off debt that they incurred in the Mexican-American War [ CITATION USH191 \l 1033 ] and the Fugitive Slave Law was created[ CITATION USH191 \l 1033 ]. With both sides not agreeing on the topic of slavery and the creation of the Fugitive Slave

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