Describe the major elements in the Compromise of 1850.

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In American political history, the Compromise of 1850 was a set of legislation built upon five planks and designed to mitigate growing hostility between the north and south of the United States in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War. It was chiefly brokered by Whig Party grandee Henry Clay.

First, the Fugitive Slave Act was enhanced, requiring slaves who had escaped to free states to be returned, if captured. Prior to this, many free states refused to repatriate escaped slaves.

Second, the District of Columbia acquired a special status with respect to slavery. While slave trading would be outlawed, slave owning...

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