California for the Fugitive Slave Law: A Good Choice?

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Historian William W. Freehling asserts that in the Compromise of 1850, "southern congressmen surrendered California to the North in exchange for a new Fugitive Slave Law."
William W. Freehling, The Reintegration of American History: Slavery and the Civil War. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), p. 170.>
Do you agree? Was it a worthwhile trade for Southern interests? Why?
 
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It's obviously a good thing that California was a free state. But I think the pro-slavery side did not make an advantageous choice in this matter. The Fugitive Slave Law served to further inflame Northern opinion against slavery, so it was eventually a losing issue as far as slaveholders were concerned.
 
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