The Compromise Of 1850

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Many different civilizations existed on the American continent, before the United States was formed, Around 400 years ago, people from the England, Spain, Netherlands, and France had already arrived in North America and began to establish their small, independent colonies. These different civilizations traded, mixed, and fought with each other did lots of struggle for existence. In 1789, Colonies were united and formed a common government based on an agreement known as the Constitution. The Constitution was considered to be a non-binding agreement. They believed that the different civilizations, now called “states,” could leave the common government at any time they have chosen. The Civil War has profoundly shaped the United States as we know…show more content…
Senator and Secretary of War was appointed as a President of the Confederate States of America. The southern states were wrong to leave the Union and initiated a war that raged across the country for four years. “The Compromise of 1850 is the name given to a series of congressional statutes enacted in September 1850 in an attempt to resolve longstanding disputes over slavery. Southern slave owners had long demanded a more stringent fugitive slave law while Northern abolitionists insisted that slavery should be abolished in the District of Columbia” ( Compromise of 1850." West 's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005. Encyclopedia.com. 8 May. 2016). The United States defeated the Confederate States in 1865 and abolished slavery…show more content…
The debate was over whether slaves would be counted when determining a state 's total population for legislative representation and taxing purposes and if counted then how. The issue was important because this population number would then be used to determine the number of seats that the state would have in the United States House of Representatives for the next ten years. The effect was to give the southern states a third more seats in Congress and a third more electoral votes than if slaves were ignored, but fewer than if slaves and free persons has to be counted equally, until 1861 allowing the slaveholder interests to largely dominate the government of the United States (Philadelphia Convention - AP U.S. History Topic Outlines - Study Notes,
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