The compromise of 1850 was a set of laws passed dealing with slavery. California would enter the Union as a free state. Slave trading in Washington, D.C. is now not allowed, a territorial government was made in Utah, a boundary was made between Texas and New Mexico, and a fugitive slave act was made. This fugitive slave act made helping runaway slaves illegal. Northerners were upset about this and helped runaway slaves anyway. This outraged southerners. This tension contributed to the Civil War.