The bombardment of Fort Sumpter in Charleston Harbor is depicted in this painting, April 13, 1861, during the U.S. Civil War. (AP Photo)
In 1820 the Missouri Compromise prohibited slavery in the federal territories north and west of the state of Missouri
The Compromise of 1850 was actually a series of bills passed mainly to address issues related to slavery. The bills provided for slavery to be decided by popular sovereignty in the admission of new states, prohibited the slave trade in the District of Columbia, settled a Texas boundary dispute, and established a stricter fugitive slave act. This featured document is Henry Clay's handwritten draft.
The Know-Nothing Party, also known as the American Party, was a prominent United States political party during the late 1840s and the early 1850s.
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