In fact, the 1850 compromise consisted of five separate bills which embodied three distinct compromises.
In the big controversies of Andrew Jackson's presidency, the Second American Party system was a national party system. A system of political parties.
A far weaking man who hadn't seized the opportunity for presidential action, VP Millard Fillmore, assuming the presidency, was.
Ironically, the argument between Northerners and Southerners became so irreconcilable with a common commitment to expansion.
In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Law dramatically increased slave owners' ability to capture escaped slaves.
The full federal authority has now supported Slave owners, and although a hearing before a federal commissioner was guaranteed for fugitives, they were never permitted to give testimony in their own name.
The first sign of the national party system being weakened in 1852 was the difficulty experienced by both parties in their nominations.
In 1853 Pierce entered the White House on a wave of good feelings that were quickly stressed by Pierce's support for "Young America" expansionist goals.