Study Aid: Legislating Slavery before the Civil War

Legislation

Compromise of 1820 - Admitted Maine to the Union as a free state and Missouri as a slave state, but prohibited slavery in all other parts of the Louisiana Purchase north of 36' 30'

Compromise of 1850 - Admitted California as a free state, but allowed voters in Utah and New Mexico territories to decide if they wanted slavery

Kansas-Nebraska Act, 1854 - Allowed voters in Kansas and Nebraska territories to decide about slavery.