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The Compromise of 1850

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Senate report of the Committee of Thirteen offering Henry Clay's compromises on the extension of slavery, May 8, 1850

The Senate appointed a select Committee of Thirteen, with Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky as chair, to report on Clay’s compromise resolutions. Clay’s committee report sought to balance the conflicting interests of Northern and Southern states regarding the volatile issue of slavery, which threatened to disrupt the Union.

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration