"North Versus South" Fremont Post

During the 1840s, the sectional conflict over slavery became increasingly prominent and strident in American political life. In 1850, Senators Daniel Webster, Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun supported a complicated piece of legislation known as the Compromise of 1850. Their goal was to maintain a balance of power in the U.S. Senate between southern and northern delegations. In this way they hoped to postpone indefinitely any fundamental change in the status of slavery within the United States and to stablize the turbulent political climate. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0081
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park