The Impact Of Pre Civil War On The United States

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Pre-civil war there were three main political powers within the united-states. These powers each supported the one of the 3 geographical areas they were from. Henry Clay from the west, Danial Webster from the north, and John Calhoun from the south these men where consisted political giants because of the impact they had on the politics of their time. This includes but is not limited to times such as the war of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the first Missouri compromise, the second Missouri compromise, the fugitive slave law, and the tariff of 1825. Henry Clay was debatably the most influential of the three giants. According he was born in the state of Kentucky. He earned his place in the triumvirate the same way he…show more content…
This worked because blacks were not able to become citizens in most states yet making it so that only a very limited group of blacks could enter the state. John Calhoun, Danial Webster, and Henry Clay all played a part in the crafting of the 1950 compromise. The compromise was built by Henry Clay to allow California to enter the union as a free state, to end the slave trade in the district of Colombia ( which according to the us senate page “was the largest slave market in the united states”) and for the creation of a more powerful fugitive slave act. When henry clay proposed this idea Calhoun had his speech read that disapproved of the document (Calhoun was so sick he couldn’t read it himself according to the department of history). This proslavery blow was weakened when Webster took Clay’s side by saying that it was necessary for the union to stay together. The bill was then broke into pieces and voted on separately where it passed and was nick named the fugitive slave act. This shows the power that was shared between these people even though Webster said “In politics Webster along with Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun formed what was called a ‘great triumvirate,’ though the three seldom combined except in opposition to President Andrew Jackson”. Clay died in 1852, Calhoun in 1850, and Webster
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