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Tensions in 1852-60 That Led to the Civil War The conflicts in the United States during the 1850s were numerous and brought the nation closer to civil war each day These conflicts were mainly caused by the diverging society between the North and the South The North and the South had different goals The Norths aggression to control the South had led to the point where it was intolerable The issue of slavery was one of the causes of the Civil War Slavery and slave trades had become a big part of the Souths economy The slaves were needed to work on plantations which helped the South prospered During the 19th Century the North worked hard on acquiring free states so that the South would not outnumber them As the conflict between the North and the South got more intense the Compromise of 1850 came into the picture to attempt to please both sides The Compromise included admitting California as a free state and interstate slave trade to be abolished which went in favor of the North The Compromise also went with the South when it included stricter fugitive slave laws and New Mexico and Utah were created without slave restrictions The compromises seemed to have settled the issue of slavery but it was just putting back the problem The North and the South were far from settling the slave issue The Fugitive Slave Act was part of the group of laws referred to as the Compromise of 1850 In this compromise the North gained the admission of California as a free state and the prohibition of slave trading in the District of Columbia The slavery party received concessions with regard to slaveholding in Texas and the passage of this law Passage of this law was so hated by abolitionists however that its existence played a role in the end of slavery a little more than a dozen years later This law also
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