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Why did the Compromise of 1850 fail?

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The Compromise of 1850 failed, due to opposition from both anti-slavery northern Whigs and pro-slavery southern Democrats. Each time Henry Clay presented the Compromise before the senate, it did not receive a majority vote. President Zachary Taylor and William H. Seward, senator of New York, opposed the compromise.

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The Compromise of 1850 was a piece of legislation proposed by Henry Clay, Kentucky senator, to resolve sectional issues regarding slavery in the U.S after the American-Mexican war. The Compromise admitted that California was a free state and ended the slave trade in Washington D.C. It created the territories of New Mexico and Utah, allowing slavery to be determined by popular sovereignty. It also made it easier for Southerners to retrieve fugitive slaves.

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    What were some facts about the Compromise of 1850?

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    The Compromise of 1850 included many provisions that were not found in the original 1820 Missouri Compromise, which was the original attempt at keeping sectional balance and maintaining peace and union. The original proposal was presented by Kentucky Senator Henry Clay. The purpose of the Compromise of 1850 was to avoid disunion and war by achieving political balance between the north and south and abolitionists and supporters of slavery.

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    What wa the purpose of the Missouri Compromise?

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    The purpose of the Missouri Compromise was to settle tensions between anti- and pro-slavery states. At the time, there were an equal amount of free and slavery states. Missouri was petitioning for statehood as a slave state, which would have upset that balance.

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    What was the result of the Missouri Compromise?

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    The result of the Missouri Compromise of 1820 was that Missouri was admitted into the union as a slave state, and Maine was admitted as a free state. In addition, a border was created across the Louisiana Territory, and slavery was banned in the northern party of the territory. The law remained in place until 1854 when it was repealed by the Kansas-Nebraska Act.

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    How did the Compromise of 1850 lead to the Civil War?

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    The Compromise of 1850 set up an untenable status quo between the northern and southern regions of the United States in terms of slavery policy. The U.S. Congress intended to achieve a sustainable solution for the conflict over slavery policy. However, the Compromise of 1850 merely delayed the inevitable schism between rivalling regions of the nation.

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