Responses to Moderator’s Questions
“What is your opinion regarding the Compromise of 1850?”
“Well, I feel that the Compromise was an excellent decision for Mr. Clay to make. Not only did it resolve many issues that had come to divide the North and the South, but it was also beneficial for both.”
“Do you feel the Compromise of 1850 was beneficial?”
“Yes, both the North and the South benefited from it. The North gained California as a free state, the South gained no slave restrictions in both Utah and New Mexico territories, such was to be decided by popular sovereignty. Slave trade was prohibited in Washington D.C. but slaveholding in the area was allowed. Texas loses the ...view middle of the document...
There are more intelligent and sophisticated ways to determine whether a state should be free or slave, popular sovereignty isn’t one of those.”
“Do you feel the Fugitive Slave Law was an appropriate decision?”
“I feel it was an appropriate decision to the extent that it is only morally right to return one’s own property, but it is unjust…cruel…and sickening if one’s own property is another man. And in this perspective, the fugitive slave law is something that has to have been influenced by none other than Satan himself. Owning another man is viciously unjust. It is even more unjust to say that once that man has entered a free state, he is still considered to be a slave, such reasoning is inaccurate. Why create and label states free and slave if we don’t stand by those labels? A man, whether enslaved or free, is a free man when he enters a free territory and no other conclusion is to be made. The fugitive slave law is unconstitutional in both the rights of man and in upholding the laws of a state being free or slave.”
“What are your comments on the Dred Scott Case?”
“The Dred Scott Case is an example of the pure prejudice and unjust racism that is...