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Thanks to Professor Peter Knupfer of Michigan State University for the following information on the 1850 page as well as suggested information and links on other pages, especially the 1840 page: " The various laws making up the Compromise of 1850 did not admit Texas to the Union (Texas entered in 1845).  It admitted free California; permitted organization of Utah and New Mexico territories without restriction of slavery until they applied for statehood; prohibited the public sale of slaves in the District of Columbia; included the new Fugitive Slave Act; and federalized Texas's pre-annexation debt in exchange for Texas's relinquishment of its substantial territorial claims upon New Mexico Territory." 8/25/04