Compromise of 1850

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At the time of the creation of the Constitution, the issue of slavery had been put off and avoided, a decision that would later lead to the controversy now known as the American Civil War. The composition, which was once the solution to problems that the Union was having, had the opposite effect in the 1850s, when arguments and different interpretations of the Constitution resulted in sectionalism, threat of secession, and tension between the North and the South. Abolitionists in the North tried to preserve the Union while abolishing slavery, while southerners supported slavery in the new territory and threatened to secede; the Compromise of 1850, especially the Fugitive Slave Law, increased these beliefs. The Compromise of 1850 brought…show more content…
This man also believed in popular sovereignty, meaning the people should choose whether or not they want to spread it. This account contradicts Document E and Emerson’s views. The government was unable to come to a compromise so that both sides would be satisfied, hence the sectionalism. The Constitution’s lack of mentioning slavery and the misinterpretations of it made it become a source of sectional discord rather than an instrument of national unity. President James Buchanan was known to favor the south, which is evident in his fourth annual message to Congress in 1860, as seen in Document G. President Buchanan deals with the fact that the states were sovereign, therefore having the right to manage slavery in their own way. He also states that the states, particularly the South, had the right to resist the government if all peaceful measures to restore unity did not work. He also makes the point that Congress is by no means of the Constitution given the power to use force against the states to prevent secession. He suggests three amendments that elucidate the protection of slavery and that could help avoid sectionalism within the Union. Poor political decisions contributed the fail of the Union along with the Constitution. One that would fall under this category is the Kansas-Nebraska
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