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Compromise of 1850

Compromise of 1850

Resolution introduced by Senator Henry Clay in relation to the adjustment of all existing questions of controversy between the states arising out of the institution of slavery (the resolution later became known as the Compromise of 1850), January, 29, 1850; Senate Simple Resolutions, Motions, and Orders of the 31st Congress, ca. 03/1849-ca. 03/1851; Record Group 46; Records of the United States Senate, 1789-1990; National Archives.

On September 9, 1850, California was admitted as a free state as part of the Compromise of 1850. The Compromise was actually a series of bills passed mainly to address issues related to slavery. The bills provided for slavery to be decided by popular sovereignty in the admission of new states, prohibited the slave trade in the District of Columbia, settled a Texas boundary dispute, and established a stricter fugitive slave act. This featured document is Henry Clay's handwritten draft.
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