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In order to maintain the two great political parties as vital bonds of national unity, early-nineteenth-century politicians
avoided public discussion of slavery
The debate over slavery in the Mexican Cession
threatened to split national politics along North-South lines
According to the principle of "popular sovereignty" the question of slavery in the territories would be determined by
the vote of the people in any given territory
In the 1848 presidential election, the Democratic and Whig parties
remained silent on the issue of slavery
Of those people going to California during the gold rush,
a distressing high proportion were lawless men
The Free Soilers condemned slavery because
it destroyed the chances of free white workers to rise to self-employment
President Zachary Taylor unknowingly helped the cause of compromise in 1850 when he
died suddenly and Millard Fillmore became president
In the Compromise of 1850, Congress determined that slavery in the New Mexico and Utah territories was
to be decided by popular sovereignty
The most alarming aspect of the Compromise of 1850 to northerners was the decision concerning
the new Fugitive Slave Law
The Fugitive Slave Law included all of the following provisions except
the requirement that fugitive slaves be returned from Canada
In light of future evidence, it seems apparent that in the Compromise of 1850 the South mad ea tactical blunder by
demanding a strong fugitive slave law
The United States' scheme to gain control of Cuba was stopped when
northern free-soilers fiercely protested the effort
Most American leaders believed that the only way to keep the new Pacific Coast territories from breaking away from the United States control was
to construct a transcontinental railroad
A southern route for the transcontinental railroad seemed the best because
the railroad would be easier to build in this area
Stephen A. Douglas's plans for deciding the slavery question in the Kansas- Nebraska scheme required repeal of the
One of Stephen Douglas's mistakes in proposing the Kansas-Nebraska Act was
underestimating the depth of norther opposition to the spread of slavery
In 1850, the South was deeply worried because
the Underground Railroad was carrying away hundreds of slaves each year, and California sought admission as a free state
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