Provisions of the Compromise of 1850

The vast land deals and slavery issues were splitting the nation. The Compromise of 1850 bought another decade of peace before the Civil War broke out.

The initial bill was drafted by Henry Clay and contained all five provisions which failed to pass in Congress. Stephen Douglas took over after Clay fell ill, he separated the bill into individual bills, all of which were approved by a majority in September 1850.

The five provisions of the Compromise of 1850 were signed by President Fillmore.

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