Many argue that the two most controversial provisions in the Compromise of 1850 were the strengthened Fugitive Slave Act and popular sovereignty in the western territories. Not surprisingly, both of these issues caused heated controversy almost immediately after the compromise.
What do you make of Chase's argument about the Fugitive Slave Act? Was it moral/emotional, or was he focused more on political logic?
What is your personal reaction to the Jane Johnson piece? What is interesting about the wording of the title?
Why is Sumner's piece so full of innuendo? Why is Kansas a virgin, Butler a "chivalrous knight," and slavery a harlot?
p.s. Yes, I realize I scanned the Sumner piece with my handwriting all over it--apologies.