In September of 1850, the United States Congress, under the influence of Whig Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky, passes a series of five separate proposals to end the growing rife within the Northern and Southern states. These five measures, although not pleasing to everyone, gave both sides something in return for the other receiving something else, and is generally considered the main thing that kept the American Civil War from breaking out for another 10 years.

But what if it failed? What if the efforts to compromise ended with both sides becoming even more divided? Will it lead to an earlier Civil War?

This is the Failure of 1850.





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