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The Evolving Political Parties of the 1850s

The Democratic Party and Whig Party were the dominant political parties from the early 1830s up until the mid-1850s. Both were institutions in national politics despite not having a coherent national organization by cobbling together a diverse group of states to win elections. While the Democrats had a more populist agenda, the Whigs were more […]

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The Fugitive Slave

The Fugitive Slave Act, passed as part of the Compromise of 1850, was intended to resolve the tension surrounding the issue of┬áslavery. Its provisions, however, ensured that it would not have such an alleviating effect.┬╣ The Act “denied the alleged fugitive any right to jury trial, not even guaranteeing it in the jurisdiction from which […]

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