Today in History: Compromise of 1850


Today in History–September 20–the Library of Congress features the abolishment of the slave trade in Washington D.C., which was a feature of a legislative package known as the Compromise of 1850. Learn more by reading the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to access related primary & secondary sources.

Compromise of 1850: American Treasures of the Library of Congress

Compromise of 1850 timeline and select documents

Historical newspaper coverage related to the Compromise of 1850

Related Today in History primary source collections

Primary Source Spotlight: Fugitive Slave Law

Resources outside the Library