Three Very important Lessons: Slavery, The Nature of the Federal Union and Regulation of Commerce

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When it comes to naming the three principal lessons in American history, slavery, the nature of the federal union, and regulation of commerce are the most important. Each of these principal lessons has significantly changed history because they appeared several different times in the period of 1607-1865. Human behavior has resulted in the failure of the Constitutional Convention over slavery. It has also brought contentions over the Missouri compromise and the Compromise of 1850 because neither side could come in between. There have been multiple instances about the nature of the federal union because criticism was particularly harsh in the south. The nullification controversy and the Supreme Court rulings of McCulloch v. Maryland and …show more content…
When it came to counting slaves for financial obligations, the North said yes while the South said no. When it came to counting slaves for representation, the North said no while the South said yes (Raphael, 50). The failure of the Constitutional Convention of slavery resulted from human behavior because neither the North nor the South could come to a conclusion.
The Missouri compromise also resulted in disaster because it excluded slavery from the rest of the Louisiana territory from Missouri’s southern border. Arkansas and Missouri would still continue to do slavery. Then the pro-slavery faction from the Missouri’s Constitutional Convention proposed a proviso that excluded free blacks and mulattoes from the state (Tindal, Shi, 423). The Missouri compromise would then result in the Compromise of 1850 because people wanted slavery to continue in new territories.
As though the South couldn’t stop complaining, Henry Clay came up with another compromise that is similar to the Missouri compromise, the Compromise of 1850. The Compromise of 1850 include the following elements; California entered the Union as a free state, territories of Texas, New Mexico, and Utah were established without direct reference to slavery, the slave trade was banned in Washington D.C., and a new stronger Fugitive Slave Act was passed (Tindall, Shi, 609). The Fugitive Slave Act was in favor to slaveholders because it tempted them to kidnap free

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