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ports to American commerce, Shimoda and Hakodate. Free-Soil Movement: Free Soil Party The Free Soil Party was formed in opposition to slavery, arguing that wage labor would wither under its propagation. The party also argued that free men and free soil composed a more morally and economically viable alternative to slavery. They also advocated for federal aid of internal improvements, vying for free homesteads for settlers. Popular Sovereignty Popular Sovereignty was the idea that the people living in a territory should decide if the territory is a slave or free state. This was popular because it compromised between the interests of abolitionists and slaveholders. Compromise of 1850 The Compromise of 1850 was yet another attempt to prevent the eventual collision between the North and South. Henry Clay, the Great Compromiser, drafted the compromise to allow California to be admitted as a free state, and the territories of Utah and New Mexico to be open to popular sovereignty, thus tipping the balance of the senate in favor of the North.
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