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Compromise of 1850 ââ?¬" Should the Compromise of 1850 have been approved? Regardless of your position, could the Civil War have been avoided at this point in American history? How?

5 paragraphs siding with the north and how the compromise delayed the civil war

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One must first understand that the compromise of 1850 was not a single bill but a series of bills which were an attempt to keep the United States together. The issue of slavery had been a point of contention between the States since the revolution and creation of the constitution. There were several major provisions which were paramount to the bill. These provisions were admission of California as a free state, territorial governments should be established without consideration of slavery, the state boundary between Texas and New Mexico was settled, relieving Texas of its public debt upon acceptance of the New boundary, slavery was abolished in Washington D.C. without Maryland's consent, fugitive slaves should be returned to their slave owners and congress should not interfere with the slave trade. (1) These compromises were all based in avoiding a dissolving of the Union and had great impact on States rights. The basis for these rights was representation in government and one should not forget that one of the primary reasons the American Revolution was fought was because of the lack of representation as stated in the Declaration of Independence. (2)

The North had abolished the need for slavery based on the difference in demographics, economy, and political structure. Whereas the South was basically agrarian in nature; the North was industrialized and relied on production of resources such as (coal and iron). The South relied on textiles and commodities (cotton and tobacco). The economies of each were divergent and the interests of each were just as varied. The ...

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The North had abolished the need for slavery based on the difference in demographics, economy, and political structure. Whereas the South was basically agrarian in nature; the North was industrialized and relied on production of resources such as (coal and iron). The South relied on textiles and commodities (cotton and tobacco). The economies of each were divergent and the interests of each were just as varied. The South saw the abolition of Slavery as a way to keep the South from gaining additional congressional power with which to represent it. The North simply saw the issue of slavery as an unnecessary obstacle to full cohesion of the United States. One should consider this statement by Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy in support of the prior assertions:

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