Zachary Taylor 's Decision For Abolition Of The Slave Trade

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Zachary Taylor’s decision to slice out two huge territories in the Far West and to admit them in the union as Free states caused The Compromise of 1850 to be written. Henry Clay drafted the compromise, which included eight parts. "The first pair would admit California as a State and organize the remainder of the Mexican cession without "any restriction or condition on the subject of slavery". The second pair of resolutions settled the boundary dispute between Texas and New Mexico in favor of the last and compensated Texas by federal notion of debts brought forth during its existence as an Independent Republic. Clay 's third pair of resolutions called for abolition of the slave trade in the District of Columbia but a surety of slavery itself in the District.
These six proposals produced more to the North then to the South, Clay 's final pair of resolutions tipped the balance Southward by denying congressional power over the interstate slave trade and calling for a stronger law to enable slave holders to recover their property when they “fled to free states" (Mcpherson, 1988). The Northerners hated the fugitive slave law, because in the past it was never enforced and it never gave a trial by jury to any runaway slaves. The only testimony heard was that of the slaveholder and he usually recovered his slave. Also, the slaveholder was compensated ten dollars for winning the trial because of the trouble he endured while he recovered his property. Because of the passage of the…
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