Congress enacts the compromise of 1850 partially to address the issues of slavery.
1850 (Sep 18)
Congress enacted the famous compromise of 1850. Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky and other moderate statesmen from both sections drew up this omnibus solution to the problem of slavery in the Mexican cession as well as other outstanding differences between North and South. The provisions of the compromise relating to slavery included the outlawing of the slave trade in Washington, D.C., but the retention of slavery itself; the passage of a new, tougher fugitive slave law to replace the poorly enforced act of 1793; and the admission of California as a free state.