Daniel Webster (1782-1852) addressing the US Senate on the Compromise Measures, March 7th, 1850. The Compromise of 1850 involved a series of legislative measures designed to defuse tension in the debate over slavery and secession. Concessions were given to both slaveholding and free states and the Fugitive Slave Law was passed, forcing all citizens to assist in the return of runaway slaves.
Compromise of 1850. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 13 Nov 2014.