Historic Congressional Agreements & Concessions

Major Compromises

Major Compromises in Congress

The first major compromise of Congress needed to keep the Union from possibly splitting apart was the Compromise of 1790 on where to locate the new nation's capital.

Compromises Related to Slavery

Then not long after came two other major compromises-each at 30-year intervals-which also were aimed at preserving the Union: the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850. Both involved compromises related to slavery, particularly the admission of states that were pro- or anti-slavery. In this section you will explore and evaluate these compromises.