Presentation on theme: " This powerpoint was used with the quiz “Quiz on BLEEDING KANSAS!” Then, the students wrote postcards to Missouri Congressman William Whareton in Washington."— Presentation transcript:
3 THE COMPROMISE OF 1850 The “Bleeding Kansas” saga started with the Compromise of 1850, in which several laws Henry Clay designed attempted to solve the problems of slavery in the territories following the Mexican-American War. Because of this compromise, there would be a balance between the slave states in the South and the free states in the North. In addition, California would be admitted into the Union as a free state. Lands west of the Rio Grande and in the New Mexico Territory would not have any slave provisions against them, thus instituting “popular sovereignty,” in which area residents would vote on the issue of slavery. Also, the slave trade was banned in the District of Columbia and a stricter Fugitive Slave Law was passed that required all American citizens to help to return runaway slaves to their masters. Senators Stephen Douglas and Daniel Webster were instrumental in passing the bill. Senator Henry Clay takes the floor in the Senate to discuss the laws in the Compromise of 1850.