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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 1, Chapter 1 Politics of Slavery, Section 3 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 1, Chapter 1 Politics of Slavery, Section 3 Summary

In the Mid-19th Century, Boston was the financial center for all cotton products. It had more spindles then all of the eleven states of the South put together. These financiers of Boston did not want to antagonize the South. They were more in line with appeasement.

Daniel Webster helped pass the Compromise of 1850. The Compromise set regulations for the expansion of slavery into the new territories, and reinforced the fugitive slave laws, giving federal marshals and magistrates the power to return runaway slaves and overriding state and local liberty laws. The federal government taking over the enforcement of the fugitive slave laws angered many Northerners mainly because many saw it as a violation of the rights of the white northerners.

Many Northerners did not have a problem with slavery, but they did...

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