Fallout of Compromise in the Nineteenth Century

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Ever since America worked under the Constitution, compromise was a sufficient way to keep the unity of the states together. However, it was the increasing tensions surrounding slavery that eventually led to the fallout of compromise in 1860. Between 1820 and 1860, there were several attempts to make political compromises, but these ultimately failed. Attempts at compromise only postponed the issues at hand and resulted in even bigger disputes between the North and the South, which led to the Civil War. Due to conflicts relating to slavery and discrimination, disagreements were hard to settle. The breakdown of trust between opposite parties ultimately resulted in a collapse of compromise. Succession attempts, The Missouri Compromise, The Compromise of 1850, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act are all examples of how political compromise gradually became unfeasible in 1860. In the time period between 1820 and 1860, there was a serious conversion in the political view on slavery. Famous whig Henry Clay, also known as “The Great Compromiser,” attempted to keep the nation together through two different milestone agreements. The Missouri Compromise of 1820 was the agreement passed between the pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the United States Congress, involving primarily the regulation of slavery in the western territories. In 1833, Clay stated in his speech to the Senate: “I say it is impossible that South Carolina ever desired…to become a separate and independent state” (Document A). Those involved in the Anti-Slavery Convention of 1834 believed that Congress “[had] no right to interfere with any of the slave states…” (Document B). This further instilled a sense of radicalism between Northern and Southern conflicting attitudes toward slavery. Furthermore, slavery would abuse political disintegration as northern objection toward the Compromise of 1850 and the issuing of
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