Nation Breaking Apart Timeline

  • Wilmot Proviso

    This bill aimed to outlaw slavery in territories taken from Mexico. The bill passed in the House of Representatives but was defeated in the senate thus causing a division in Congress.Although, not a success it led to the formation of the Free Soil Party.
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  • Compromise of 1850

    Laws meant to settle problem of slavery, CA becomes a free state, and new fugitive slave law passed caused conflict by failing to resolve slavery issue. To please the North California was a free state and slave trade would be abolished in Washington D.C. The South had no laws that would abolish slavery but congress would pass stronger laws to help slaves recapture runaway slaves.